Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said national highways will be expanded by 25,000 kilometres (km) during 2022-23 and the national ropeway development programme will be taken up in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
Sitharaman announced this while presenting the Budget 2022-23 in Parliament.
She also said contracts for the implementation of multimodal logistics parks at four locations through the PPP mode will be awarded in 2022-23.
The finance minister said Rs 20,000 crore will be mobilised through innovative ways of financing to complement the public resources.
"PM Gati Shakti Master Plan for Expressways will be formulated in 2022-23 to facilitate the faster movement of people and goods. The national highways network will be expanded by 25,000 km in 2022-23," she added.
The minister said that as a preferred ecologically sustainable alternative to conventional roads in difficult hilly areas, the National Ropeways Development Programme will be taken up on the PPP mode.
She added that the aim is to improve connectivity and convenience for commuters, besides promoting tourism.
Sitharaman said contracts for eight ropeway projects for a length of 60 km will be awarded in 2022-23.
Commenting on the Union Budget 2022-23, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said this year's Budget has given the highest priority for the development of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and farmers.
आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी के नेतृत्व में वित्त मंत्री श्रीमती @nsitharaman जी द्वारा पेश किया गया बजट देश में आधुनिक इन्फ्रास्ट्रक्चर को बढ़ावा देने वाला बजट है, जो नए भारत की नींव रखेगा और 130 करोड़ भारतवासियों की ज़िंदगी बेहतर करेगा। #AtmaNirbharBharatKaBudget— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) February 1, 2022
Gadkari also said the Budget has also given priority to the infrastructure sector.
He noted that the National Ropeways Development Programme will benefit North East, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir.