With 1.45 Lakh Km, India Beats China To Become The Second Largest Road Network In The World

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
With 1.45 Lakh Km, India Beats China To Become The Second Largest Road Network In The World

In terms of road networks, we are pleased to let you all know that India now has the second largest road network in the world. Yes, with 1.4 lakh kilometres, India has left China behind and is the second largest after the United States. This news came to light when India’s Minister of Road Transport and Highways shared his ministry’s achievements during his tenure. India has successfully added 1.45 Lakh km of road network.  

India’s Road Network 

The Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, Nitin Gadkari, held a press conference where he shared the achievements of the ministry during his tenure. He said that nine years ago, India’s road network was 91,287 kms. But since 2014, NHAI has seen the construction of new national expressways and highways. 

India has also added many greenfield expressways. He also mentioned the soon-to-be-completed completion of India’s longest ever Delhi-Mumbai expressway. NHAI has also constructed about 30,000 km of highways, including some major ones since April 2019, like Lucknow-Ghaziabad or Delhi-Meerut. 

Gadkari also spoke about how, in this tenure, NHAI has won seven world records. This year, in May, it recorded the construction of a new expressway of 100 km within an astonishing time of 100 hours. This happened during the construction of Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad-Aligarh Expressway. 

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Revenue From Roads And Highways Also Increased

NHAI set the record for constructing a 75 km continuous single-bituminous concrete road in 105 hours and 33 minutes. This was between Amravati and Akola on NH-53. 

Gadkari also mentioned the increase in revenue from roads and highways during his tenure. He stated that toll collection has increased from 4,770 crore to 41,342 crore in nine years. 

He mentioned that the government now intends to increase toll revenue to €1.30 lakh crore. Gadkari also mentioned how the use of FASTags has helped to reduce long lines at toll plazas. According to the minister, the average time spent by a vehicle at toll plazas is now 47 seconds. He stated that his ministry is working to reduce the time to less than 30 seconds in the near future. (As per The Hindustan Times)

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