In principle approval to convert 51,300 km of state roads to NHs
July 21, 2017: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has approved “In-Principle” declaration of about 51,300 kilometre length of state roads as new national highways subject to the outcome of their Detailed Project Reports (DPRs). The declaration of state roads as new national highways is done from time to time depending upon the requirement of connectivity, inter-se-priority and availability of funds.
The Ministry has also taken up detailed review of NHs network with a view to develop road connectivity to border areas, development of coastal roads including road connectivity for non-major ports, improvement in the efficiency of national corridors, development of economic corridors, inter corridors and feeder routes along with integration with Sagarmala, etc., under the proposed Bharatmala Pariyojana. During its meeting on 16th June, 2017 the Public Investment Board (PIB) has recommended the proposal for Phase-I of Bharatmala Pariyojana for consideration of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for investment approval.
This information was given by Minster of State for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, P Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.