Alarm bells have started ringing in the government over recent trend of highway builders quoting huge premiums to bag contracts.

New Delhi The Planning Commission has asked infrastructure ministries to try to achieve higher targets in 2011-12 than what they did in each of the first four years of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan.

The panel, which is tasked with the responsibility to fix annual milestones for the infrastructure sector, has set higher targets for power, road, shipping and railway ministries for the current finan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week asked road transport and highways minister CP Joshi to expedite award of highway projects to achieve the 20-km-a-day road construction target as soon as possible. However, Joshi is reported to have said the target would be met only by 2014.

New Delhi Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet road transport and highway minister CP Joshi on Wednesday as the economist turned head-of-state makes a first-hand assessment of the pace of the nation's infrastructure development.

After assuming charge of the ministry in January this year, Joshi had said his main focus would be on quality of construction and not quantity.