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Govt proposes 19.5 lakh crore NH development programme, ET Infra


NEW DELHI: The road transport ministry has proposed a programme to build and widen around 41,000 km of national highways, including 15,000 km of high speed (access-controlled) corridors, by 2031-32. It would require around an investment of Rs 19.5 lakh crore.

As per the proposal, the projects under first phase of the proposed master plan for highway development would be bid out by 2028-29 and the construction would be completed by 2031-32.

Once completed, this will almost double the average travel speed from the current 47 kmph to 85 kmph on the NH network. At present, average travel speed on the highways in the United States is over 100 kmph and 90 kmph in China. The government expects an increase in average speed will help India achieve the target to bring down the logistics cost to 9-10% of the GDP. At present, it’s around 18% of the GDP.

TOI has learnt that high speed corridors have already been identified to ensure that such stretches are accessible within 100-150 km from any part of India and also to decongest the NHs around cities and urban areas. As per the ministry’s assessment, India would ultimately need around 50,000 km of high speed corridors for this.

As of now, only 3,900 km of the high speed corridors are operational in the country and by 2026-27, this would be around 11,000 km. “Keeping in mind this huge gap, new high-speed corridors of 36,500 km have been identified that will address congestion. In the next 20 years, the focus will be more on building four and six lane highways,” a source said.

  • Published On Dec 20, 2023 at 02:04 PM IST

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