New Delhi: Expressing concern over the road projects going at snail’s pace, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday instructed the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to expedite the work.

Unhappy with the target of only 7,300 kilometres of national highways for the current fiscal, the PM asked Road Transport and Highways Minister CP Joshi to restructure the NHAI and push up the target.

The PM asked to speed up road construction work in Jammu-Kashmir, Northeast and Naxal-affected areas.

“Indolence in the construction of highways and deficiency in quality cannot be tolerated since the projects are associated with the progress of the country,” Manmohan said at the meeting attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, CP Joshi and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

He also expressed satisfaction on the preparation of detailed project reports (DPR).  He called for a speedier decision-making process.

“The ministry should ensure that common people don’t face any problem during road construction. Temporary alternative routes should be built before the construction of roads. In the face of monsoon, repairing work of the existing roads should start,” said Manmohan.