The road transport and highways ministry has chalked out a plan to connect country’s border areas with better roads, stretching around 5,300 kms, at an estimated cost of R14,000 crore. The ambitious project, christened “Bharat Mala”, when completed in the next five years, would connect the entire west-to-east land border. The project would run via several states — from Gujarat to West Bengal.
“As the PM said there should be focused connectivity for border areas, we have developed one scheme to build roads of 5,300 km. Total cost on the project would be approximately R14,000 crore,” road secretary Vijay Chhibber told FE.
Since the project would be connected with around 100-150 stretches and detailed project report would require to be prepared on each of them, the project might take around two years, but would be built at a faster pace given the importance of the programme.