Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways has set an ambitious target to construct a record 18,000-km of highways in 2022-2023 at a pace of 50 km per day. The FY2023 target is said to be 33 per cent higher than last fiscal. “I am not giving a guarantee that we will achieve this ambitious target, but we will try hard to achieve it” Gadkari said, in the event recently. The minister also added that the government is planning to award construction contracts of 18, 000 km in FY2023. In 2021-2022, the government reportedly constructed 10,457 km of national highways, a 24 per cent decrease from the previous fiscal year.