The government is making sure that the people who are in charge of taking care of our national highways do their job properly. They have set a deadline to fix all the potholes on these highways by the end of the year. To make sure this happens, the person in charge of each highway project must visit the roads they are responsible for every 15 days. If they see any problems, like potholes or things that need fixing, they have to do something about it. This way, our national highways will be smoother and safer for everyone to drive on.
The entire 1.46 lakh kilometers of the National Highway network will now be put under a special kind of long-term maintenance agreement. This means that instead of repeatedly seeking new contracts for maintenance, they can fix things whenever they need to.
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Road Transport Minister, explained that this new approach will help address problems like damage from heavy rains. Additionally, the Ministry plans to engage engineering students in this effort. These students will play a role in identifying issues like potholes, maintenance gaps, and problems with drainage systems on the highways. It is a way to ensure our highways stay in good shape and are more resilient to weather-related damage.