Highway construction slows in India amid national elections: Report

India’s highway construction has seen a slowdown in the past two months due to the ongoing national elections, which has delayed land acquisition approvals.

Data from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways shows that only 483 km of national highways were constructed in April, and 600 km till May 20.

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This pace of construction is the slowest since the pandemic, according to data reviewed by Moneycontrol. A senior government official explained, “Highway construction has fallen due to a slowdown in land clearance after the Model Code of Conduct kicked in and voting began on April 19.”

The national elections, being held in seven phases from April 19 to June 1, have contributed to the delay in approvals. The counting of votes is scheduled for June 4.