The Centre has given in principle approval to upgrade 57,500 km of state highways to national highways so as to increase the existing 1.13 lakh km of NHs across the country, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Pon Radhakrishnan informed the Lok Sabha. Keeping in view the requirements to enhance road safety, reduce congestions, improve road connectivity, the Ministry has taken decision to augment the NHs network of existing 1,13,298 km, he said. He said the ministry has also reduced threshold traffic for 4-laning of NHs from 15,000 passenger car units (PCU), 11,000 and 8,000 PCUs per day to 10,000 PCUs, 8,500 and 6,000 PCUs a day for plain, rolling and mountainous terrains respectively. Decisions have also been taken to entrust 4-laning of all such NHs to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for their implementation through additional market borrowings etc. in a phased manner by leveraging limited available budgetary allocation, he said.
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