1. India will have 50,000 km highways network in 2 yrs, says government

India will have 50,000 km highways network in 2 yrs, says government

The highways network in the country will be of 50,000 kilometres over the next two years, the government said today.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 27, 2017 11:16 PM
highways, highway network, highway roads, highways in India, NHAI, National Highway Authority of India, national highways, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, highways of India, highways network, national highways network, Indian highways network The highways network in the country will be of 50,000 kilometres over the next two years, the government said today. (Image: Reuters)

The highways network in the country will be of 50,000 kilometres over the next two years, the government said today. The state-owned National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has constructed nearly 30,000 km world-class national highways, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement. “NHAI, under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, has another 20,000 km scheduled for completion in the next couple of years. The sustained growth will ensure that Indian national highways network will measure approximately 50,000 km of highways in the next two years,” it said. The focus of the government is on building highway operations for rendering world-class services to the highway users, it said adding NHAI has created a new Highway Operations Division. This division will focus on all non-commercial highway operational activities for efficient network utilisation and providing hassle-free services, it said.

The Highway Operations Division at NHAI will be headed by Member (Administration) and assisted by a team of experienced officers. The division will be in charge of the electronic tolling, wayside amenities, road safety and security, incident management–helpline, tracking of ambulance, cranes on highways, highway traffic management system, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, road lighting, wi-fi and other modern amenities on national highways, it added.

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    Singh
    Sep 28, 2017 at 7:18 am
    It took India 70 years to come to this level of road transport connectivity where as countries like China, Pakistan achieved the development in a much shorter time.
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      Jignesh mehta
      Sep 28, 2017 at 5:07 am
      With the Country's economy in doldrums, are these highways going to be of any use anyway? On one hand the farmers are saying they are not getting fair prices for their produce, whereas the common man is burdened with high prices of basic thing as vegetables, grains etc. reason being the middle men and high transport cost. The high transport cost is due to governments policy, who instead of decreasing the prices of fuel when the crude prices had gone down, decided to increase the indirect taxes on same by way of excise duty thrice or four times in the past. Now they have deregulated the prices of Petrol and Diesel allowing the oil companies to adjust the price on daily basis, which are going up daily since implemented putting pressure on transport cost. The other fall out of this is that the petrol stations are having a gala time earning a huge profits on their unsold stocks carried forward everyday at public cost. What a pathetic state of affairs.Totally disgusting
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