"The committee after scrutinising the information provided by the Ministry, expresses its deep concern over thefunctioning of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the unsatisfactory progress of development of National Highways in the country," the Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture said.

NHAI was able to spend Rs 6,208 crore only out of Rs 23,691.8 crore allocated during 2014-15, it said in its report tabled in Parliament.

"The Committee is dismayed to note that when the private players are withdrawing from National Highways projects due to non-availability of equity and loan to carry forward the
projects, NHAI was able to spend just 26 per cent of the allocated fund," it added.

It cited with this spending trend, "NHAI would not be in a position to achieve its target in the coming years."

Last week, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said projects worth Rs 3.80 lakh crore were stuck for want of land, environment and forest clearances and railway over-bridges approval, when the NDA government had taken over last year.

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