The Indian Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure has approved a plan to complete15 highway projects spanning about 1,814 km at an estimated cost of Rs.15.68bn ($3bn).

The projects include the four laning of the Obedullagan-Betul Section NH-69 in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the Maharashtra-Karnataka border-Sangareddy section on NH-9, and the Hospet-Chitradurga Section on NH-13.

In addition, there will also be the four laning of the Cuttack-Angul section NH-42 in Orissa, the Rampur-Kathgodam section NH-24 and NH-87 in the state of UP.

Out of the 15 projects, ten projects will be carried out by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), while the remaining five will be undertaken by the individual state agencies of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

The construction of 14 will be based on the built-own-transfer model, while one project will seek government assistance.

According to the Indian Roads Ministry, bids have already been invited for some of the projects.