In the nine-year government of PM Narendra Modi, among the ministries in which maximum work was done, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is also included. According to the statistics of the ministry, in the last nine years maximum number of national highways were completed in Maharashtra. In nine years, more than three times more highways were built in this state than before. Whereas in terms of the number of kilometers on the second number, the maximum number of highways were built in Uttar Pradesh. The report of the ministry says that in the last nine years, the national highways in the states bordering the country have not only improved, but also the length of the national highways in these states has been increased and roads have been made easier from the point of view of security. According to officials of the ministry, within the next two years, a target has been set to construct two lakh kilometers of roads under the Bharatmala project.
A senior official of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways says that due to the activeness and speed of the minister of his department, Nitin Gadkari, highways are being constructed continuously in the country. The Union Ministry report states that as on 31 March 2014, Maharashtra had 6249 km of highways. When the construction of highways started with the formation of the Modi government, by February 28, 2023, 18,459 km of national highways were completed in Maharashtra alone. Compared to the national highways built before 2014, the length of highways in Maharashtra increased almost three times. According to the statistics of the ministry, more than 4000 km of highways have been constructed in Uttar Pradesh as compared to 2014. According to ministry officials, till 2014, there were 7986 kms of national highways in Uttar Pradesh, which have now become 12270 kms.
Similarly, before the Modi government, there were only 1699 km of national highways in Punjab, while by the last month of February this year, more than double, 4239 km of national highways have been built in Punjab. Madhya Pradesh, which earlier had 5,116 km of national highways, has now distinguished itself as the state with the fourth longest national highway in the country with a length of 9,105 km. Maharashtra has the longest number of national highways in the entire country. Uttar Pradesh at number two while Rajasthan has the third longest national highway with 10706 km. Before 2014, there used to be national highways of 7646 km length in Rajasthan.
According to the statistics of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, in the last 9 years only Daman Diu remained such a state, where even a kilometer of national highway was not built. Even before 2014, there used to be a 22 km national highway in Daman Diu. Statistics show that even in 2023, there is only 22 kilometers of national highways. Similarly, in Dadar Nagar Haveli, the length of the national highway has been increased by just 6 kilometers in the last 9 years. According to the data of the ministry, before 2014, there used to be 31 km of national highway in Dadar Nagar Haveli, which became 37 km by 2023.
Statistics show that the Modi government constructed a lot of national highways in the border states to secure the border. Arunachal Pradesh had 2027 km of national highways till 2014, which increased to 4285 km in nine years. Similarly, maximum number of national highways were constructed in Sikkim. As of March 2014, Sikkim had only 149 km of national highways, which is a state with 709 km of national highways with a length almost five times that of 28 February 2023. In Manipur where 400 km long national highways were built in the last five years. And in Mizoram, this number was around 300 kms. In Nagaland, 1670 kms of National Highways have been completed till this year, as against 741 kms of highways.
Senior officials of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways say that in the last nine years, about 54,000 kilometers of roads were built. On an average, 17 km of National Highways were built daily across the country. According to the data of the Union Ministry, till March 2014, there were 91287 kilometers of national highways across the country. While by 28 February 2023 this number reached 144983 kms. Dr. Harish, who is associated with the World Health Organization and Ward Road Congress, says that definitely the pace of development not only increases with the construction of roads, especially the construction of national highways, but other activities get the most boost. He says that India is the only country in the whole world, which is making the fastest progress in the construction of roads with the construction of highways, expressways and bridges.
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