GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government has prepared a blueprint for a seamless peripheral road project running all along its borders with other states and its coastline.
The 3,533km project, which will fill in missing linkages between national and state highways along the state’s borders, is expected to cost Rs 2,000 crore. The government intends to complete the Parikrama Path project in about two years.
The project blueprint breaks up Parikrama Path into three corridors. The first will connect eastern belt roads with the Statue of Unity–Saputara link road. The second will extend from the South Gujarat coastline to Saurashtra and Kutch. The third will run along the international border in Kutch and cover the North Gujarat periphery of the state.
According to sources in the government, 50% of these stretches of road (national, state and minor) are already existing. “The missing linkages will be added in a phased manner. We expect to complete the project in two years. Once completed, it will not only boost tourism, but will also ensure connectivity with ports and lead to greater development,” said sources.
“The upgrade will be carried out considering future travel demand and traffic volume on existing corridors. Parikrama Path has been planned in a way that by using existing national highways and state highways, and by constructing additional roads and bridges, a large ring road will be set up. Under this scheme, 40% of the distance involved is national highways, 33% state highways and 27% is other roads and missing links,” a draft of the project states.
Officials said Parikrama Path will be designed to cover important growth centres and help boost connectivity and accessibility. It will touch 79% of the state’s 33 districts and 43% of its 252 talukas.