NHAI Plans Rs 3.10 Lakh Crores Expressways By 2025
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has charted a Rs 3.10 lakh crores plan to build 22 greenfield expressways by fiscal 2025, as part of a plan to decongest major cities, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said.
Of the 7,500 km new roads, NHAI plans to build six expressways of 2,250 km, entailing an investment of Rs 1.45 lakh crores, while another 16 greenfield corridors with aggregate length of 5,250 km will require an investment of Rs 1.65 lakh crores. According to the roads ministry, this will decongest major cities and help develop the economy of backward areas, and will help mitigate issues like land acquisition, utility shifting and other clearances related to brown-field expansion.
Of these, work on three expressways has already begun, Delhi-Mumbai expressway being the major one, also India’s longest expressway at 1,320 km. The corridors NHAI proposed to build are: Ahmedabad-Dholera, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra, Chennai-Bengaluru, Kanpur-Lucknow, Bangalore Ring Road, Amritsar-Bhatinda-Jamnagar, Hyderabad-Raipur, and Nagpur-Vijayawada.
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