Why in News?
The government has embarked upon a massive overhaul of the country’s road network through Bharatmala Pariyojana—an umbrella highway development programme.
FACTS FOR PRELIMS
About the Project
BharatmalaPariyojana is a new umbrella program for the highways sector that focuses on optimizing efficiency of freight and passenger movement across the country by bridging critical infrastructure gaps through effective interventions like development of Economic Corridors, Inter Corridors and Feeder Routes, National Corridor Efficiency Improvement, Border and International connectivity roads, Coastal and Port connectivity roads and Green-field expressways.
All projects implemented under Bharatmala are to be technically, financially and economically appraised by an empowered Project Appraisal &Technical Scrutiny Committee to be set up in NHAI and MoRTH.
The Committee would comprise experts from NITI Aayog, and would be a dedicated unit which would place its recommendations on the appraisal of projects to NHAI Board or Secretary, MoRTH, as the case may be,
Guidelines have been laid down for scrutiny of individual projects which are to be followed by all implementing agencies
Grand Challenge’ mechanism is to be adopted to encourage State Government participation in the implementation of the program. Projects that are supported by a proactive effort by the concerned State Governments shall be taken up on a priority basis.