The ambitious Rs 10 lakh crore umbrella programme for roads, Bharatmala, will subsume the National Highways Development Project (NHDP). The Prime Ministers Office, earlier this month, after going through a presentation of the ambitious Bharatmala project has asked for Public Investment Boards (PIB) clearance to the first phase of the project. The first phase will be carried out at an estimated investment of Rs 5.35 lakh crore for building 29,000 km of highways network that includes economic corridor schemes, coastal and other roads.
The NHDP is being implemented in various phases and includes Golden Quadrilateral connecting four metropolises besides North-South Corridor connecting Srinagar to Kanyakumari and East-West Corridor joining Porbandar to Silchar. About 10,000 km of projects under NHDP are yet to be completed and most likely will be awarded by the end of the year. A Road Transport and Highways Ministry-appointed study under the proposed Bharatmala project by global consultancy firm, AT Kearney has identified 44 economic corridors. The economic corridor project is aimed at faster movement of cargo and will be developing not only economic corridors with a length of about 21,000 km but 14,000 km of feeder routes.
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