About 50,000km of national highways in the country are being improved with an investment of Rs2,20,000 crore to boost economic growth, Union minister of state for road transport K.H. Muniyappa said on Sunday.
“Our vision and plan is to complete the improvement and widening of the highways by 2012,” Muniyappa, currently on a visit to Orissa, told reporters here.
“This will boost economic growth by 1% to 2% as the smooth highways will enable vehicles to move at a speed of 120kmph.” The government’s ambitious 5,846km golden quadrilateral project is almost 95% complete, and about 5,600km of the project are being developed into six-lane highways. The 7,300km corridors linking Silchar and Porbandar and Srinagar and Kanyakumari will be completed by 2008-09, he said. The National Highway Development Programme (NHDP) is being implemented in seven different phases, and about 11,000km is being taken up under Phases 3a and 3b. Work had already begun on a total stretch of 4,000km. The Detailed Project Report is being finalised for the remaining 7,000km and this work will be completed by 2009-10, he said.