Thursday, 27 January, 2022

Topic: NHAI

700 e-vehicle charging stations in 2 yrs, 40,000 km of highway coverage: NHAI’s big EV push

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

E-vehicle charging stations every 40-60 km, 40,000 km of highway coverage: NHAI’s 2023 target

In an interview to ThePrint, Road Secretary and NHAI chairman Giridhar Aramane said 700 charging stations will come up as part of wayside amenities on national highways.

Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will generate Rs 1,000-1500 crore monthly revenue, says Gadkari

The Union Minister also said that NHAI will rake in annual toll income to the tune of Rs 1.40 lakh crore in the next five years from the current level of Rs 40,000 crore.

Govt expects Rs 1.6 lakh cr from monetising 104 NHs by 2025 despite lukewarm investor interest

The govt is auctioning national highway assets under two models — Toll Operate Transfer and Infrastructure Investment Funds — to monetise them. The 104 NHs span 26,700 km.

With you at every step, won’t let anyone obstruct development in state, Uddhav tells Gadkari

At an event Friday where both Uddhav Thackeray and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari were present, the chief minister said his government will not allow any obstacles in public work.

NHAI was already facing a ‘debt-trap’ and it borrowed another Rs 58,000 crore during Covid

In written reply to Rajya Sabha, Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari says NHAI's debt was Rs 3.07 lakh crore on 31 March 2021, up from Rs 2.49 lakh crore in March 2020.

NHAI is a gold mine, it will never face debt trap, says Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari

By 2024, India’s road infrastructure will be comparable to US & Europe, with access-controlled expressways, public transport running on electricity, Nitin Gadkari said at ThePrint's Off the Cuff.

888 projects delayed, panel of MPs wants NHAI to focus on incomplete roads, not new ones

Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism & Culture has also said it is ‘distressed’ to note NHAI’s Rs 97,000-crore debt servicing liability in the coming years.

15 yrs in the making, Rs 9,000-cr Delhi-Gurugram expressway now looks at Sept 2022 completion

The 29-km expressway — 18.9 km in Haryana and 10.1 km in Delhi —  was first proposed by Haryana govt in 2006.

Rs 1 lakh crore Delhi-Mumbai and Ambala-Kotputli expressways to be ready by March 2022

The two highways are part of 22 greenfield expressways the govt has proposed to build. A third, between Amritsar and Jamnagar, will be completed by March 2023.

On Camera


Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in Lahore | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Imran Khan is losing the plot. Someone’s chair is about to be pulled again

There is ‘tamasha’ going on in Pakistan. And Imran Khan is having a visible meltdown, while Nawaz Sharif is bemoaning a dead leopard.
Representational image | Photo: Pixabay

India’s economic indicators flash early warning signs for rebound

While the needle on a dial measuring the so-called ‘Animal Spirits’ remained stable, top producers signaled weakness as 2021 wound down.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.