Economic corridors stretching 26,200 km to be developed under “Bharatmala Pariyojana”
This article was published on : July 10, 2019
With a view to develop the road connectivity to several regions like border areas, coastal areas including non-major ports, the Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has taken up a detailed review of National Highways network. Additionally, under the ambitious “Bharatmala Pariyojana” program, there are also plans to bring improvement in the in efficiency of national corridors, development of economic corridors, inter corridors and feeder routes
Under this program, 26,200 km length of economic corridors, 8,000 km of inter corridors, 7,500 km of feeder routes, 5,300 km border and international connectivity roads have been identified by the ministry as stretches for development. Apart from this, the government has also planned to develop coastal and port connectivity roads spanning 4,100 km and expressways of 1,900 km in length.
The National Corridor Efficiency improvement is poised on the development of ring roads around 28 cities. The plan also includes, decongestion of around 125 choke points and 66 congestion points alongside development of 35 multimodal logistics parks. The general principle for upgradation of roads under Phase-I of “Bharatmala Pariyojana” includes development of economic corridors primarily to 4/6 lane National Highway standards, inter-corridor and feeder roads primarily to 4 lane NH standards. It also includes border, international connectivity roads, coastal and port connectivity roads primarily to 2 lane NH standards.