India’s road network becomes second longest

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday June 27th claimed that India’s road network has grown by 59% in 9 years which makes it the second largest road network in the world after United States. The Union Minister stated that the country’s road network currently stands at 1,45,240 km as compared to 91,287 km in 2013-14.

According to Gadkari’s statement, the 4-Lane NH length has also increased in the last nine years as it stands at 44,654 km in comparison to 18,371 km in 2013-2014.

Gadkari in his statement has mentioned the contribution of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) which recorded seven world records during this period. In May 2023, NHAI laid 100 km of new expressway within 100 hours during the construction of Ghaziabad-Aligarh Expressway, Uttar Pradesh. In June 2022,  NHAI set the Guinness World Record by constructing the 75km continuous single bituminous concrete road on a section of NH-53 between Amravati in Andhra Pradesh and Akola in Maharashtra within 105 hours and 33 minutes.

Gadkari also appreciated the contribution of FASTag in the toll revenue increment which rose from Rs 4770 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 41,342 crore in 2022-23. The FASTag process has reduced the waiting time at the toll plazas to an average of 47 seconds as compared to 734 seconds before its presence.

The Road Ministry has also been taking very innovative and waste managing measures like using tons of garbage in the construction of Delhi’s Ring Road Project and using bamboo crash barriers in other projects which provides strength and durability and also employment to more people.

The overall work of Ministry of Road Transport and Highway is truly commendable and highly appreciated.

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