Length of National Highways gone up by 50%: Ministry

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The country has achieved tremendous progress in building National Highways across the country during the last few years.

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The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways informed in brief that:

  • Over the last 7 years, the length of National Highways has gone up by 50% from 91,287 km as of April 2014 to 1,37,625 km as of 20 March 2021.
  • The total budgetary outlay increased by 5.5 times, from INR 33,414 Cr in Financial Year 2015 to INR 1,83,101 Cr in Financial Year 2022.
  • The sanctioned amount has increased by 126% in Financial Year 2021 over the last Financial Year of 2020 despite Covid-19 related impact. Sanctioned length in kilometres has also increased by 9% in Financial Year 2021 over Financial Year 2020.
  • The average annual project award length during Financial Year 2015 to Financial Year 2021 has increased by 85% compared to FY10 to FY14
  • The average annual construction length during FY2015 to FY2021 has increased by 83% compared to FY2010 to FY2014
  • The cumulative cost of ongoing project works has increased by 54% at the end of Financial Year 2021 compared to Financial Year 2020 as of March 31.
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