Faster roads

The Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways has given the nod to 5 Green­field road projects

Evo India - - BRIEFING -

TTHE MIN­ISTRY OF ROAD Trans­port and High­ways is step­ping up its ef­forts to im­prove the road in­fra­struc­ture in the coun­try with five green­field road projects. This is close on the heels of the min­istry’s an­nounce­ment last month of com­mence­ment of work be­tween Gur­gaon and Mumbai that will re­duce the dis­tance by al­most 200km.

The five new green­field road net­work projects are on the routes be­tween Bathinda-Kandla, Bathinda-Ajmer, RaipurVisa­kha­p­at­nam, Chen­nai-Salem and Am­bala-Kat­putli. All im­por­tant in­dus­trial and man­u­fac­tur­ing hubs. The min­istry has also iden­ti­fied two new stretches be­tween Durg-Au­rang in Ch­hat­tis­garh and Man­ga­lore-Chi­tradurga in Kar­nataka.

The new net­work of roads be­tween Bathinda and Kandla pass­ing through Hanu­man­garh, Bikaner, Jodh­pur, Barmer, and San­chore in Ra­jasthan will cut down the cur­rent dis­tance of 1,100km to al­most 900km. This 4-lane green­field high­way will be less ex­pen­sive and will open up new ar­eas for de­vel­op­ment around this re­gion. Sim­i­larly, the new high­way be­tween Bathinda and Ajmer which passes through Sirsa in Haryana and Sikar in Ra­jasthan will re­duce the dis­tance by at least 120km. Also, the green­field high­way be­tween Chen­nai and Salem in Tamil Nadu will bring down the dis­tance by 70 odd kilo­me­tres. This is the sec­ond move by the gov­ern­ment to speed up trans­port af­ter in­creas­ing speed lim­its around the coun­try.

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