National Highways Current Affairs - 2019
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The Union Government has appointed Yudhvir Singh Malik as the Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
He will succeed outgoing chairman Raghav Chandra who has been moved as secretary to the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes.
Malik is 1983 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre. Prior to this appointment he was posted as special secretary in NITI Aayog.
Prior to joining NITI Aayg, he was CEO of FSSAI from October 2014 to September 2015. His tenure marked with Maggi noodle ban issue which had brought food regulator into limelight.
About National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)
- NHAI is an autonomous agency of the Union Government, responsible for management of a network of over 70,000 km of national highways in India.
- It was established through National Highways Authority of India Act, 1988. In February 1995, it was formally made an autonomous body.
- It is a nodal agency of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. It is responsible for the development, management, operation and maintenance of National Highways.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved development of the six laning of National Highway-2 from Aurangabad-BarwaAdda section in Bihar and Jharkhand.
Decision in this regard was taken in the CCEA meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
- The six laning work approximately length of 222 kms will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-V.
- It will be undertaken on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis with an estimated cost of Rs.4918.48 crore.
- Project’s main object is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in Jharkhand and Bihar and also in reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic.
- The development of this stretch will also help to increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities and uplifting the socio-economic condition of the concerned regions.