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Bharatmala Project

  • 20 Jan 2024
  • 2 min read

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In a meeting Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala and Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari discussed various issues related to the National Highways, including the Bharatmala project.

Key Points

  • The discussion included the demand to open entry and exit points near Baghot in Mahendragarh district on NH-152 D.
  • The Deputy Chief Minister emphasised on:
    • The construction of bypass roads under the Bharatmala project in Uchana, Hisar, and Jind.
    • The construction of underpasses on dividing roads in sectors 26 and 27 on the Panchkula-Yamunanagar highway.
    • A survey to upgrade the Gurugram-Farukh Nagar-Jhajjar-Charkhi Dadri-Loharu road.
    • To connect Nelson Mandela Marg Delhi MG Road Gurugram to Faridabad Road.

National Highways

  • National Highways (NH) are the arterial roads of the country for inter-state movement of passengers and goods.
  • They traverse the length and width of the country connecting the National and State capitals, major ports and rail junctions and link up with border roads and foreign highways.
  • The NHs including Expressways constitute only about 1.7% of the length of all roads, they carry about 40% of the road traffic.

Bharatmala Project

  • It was started in 2015 by the Union government. It is an umbrella project under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
  • Under the plan the government intends to develop 83,677 km of highways and roads at an investment of around Rs 7 lakh crore.
  • In the first phase, the plan is to construct 34,800 km of highways at a cost of Rs 5.35 lakh crore.
  • It focuses on the new initiatives like development of Border and International connectivity roads, Coastal & port connectivity roads, improving efficiency of National Corridors, Economic corridors and others.

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