Bharatmala Pariyojana: Road and Highways Project (Download PDF)

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Bharatmala is an ambitious road and highways project with total investment estimated at ₹ 10 trillion largest ever outlay for a government road construction scheme garlanding the territory of India. Bharatmala subsumes all existing highway projects including National Highways Development Project (NHDP) , launched by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998.

Map of Bharatmala Pariyojana Road and Highways Project
  • A road built along India՚s vast west-to east land border, approx. 5300km, from Gujarat to Mizoram linking with coastal states, from Maharashtra to Bengal.
  • The Bharat Mala plan has a strong strategic component - attempts to improve reach and connectivity in border areas, right across a large part of which lies China՚s road infrastructure.
  • Project to start from Gujarat and Rajasthan, move to Punjab and then cover the entire string of Himalayan states - Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand - and then portions of borders of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar alongside Terai, and move to West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and right up to the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur and Mizoram.
  • Comprises of Economic Corridors, Inter Corridor, Feeder Routes, International Connectivity and Coastal Roads
  • Special emphasis on connecting far-flung rural areas including the tribal and backward areas.
  • The total road length developed as expressways under Bharatmala to be around 51,000km. In the first phase, 29,000 km will be developed with an outlay of ₹ 5.5 trillion.
  • Comprehensive study of traffic flow identified 44 Economic Corridors with total length 26,200 for development under Bharatmala Pariyojana- Phase-I covers 9,000 km of Economic Corridors.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 28, 2017

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