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    India’s Road Network Becomes Second Largest in the World, Witnessing 59% Growth in 9 Years: Nitin Gadkari


    India has achieved a significant milestone in its infrastructure development as its road network has grown by 59% in the last nine years, making it the second largest in the world. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari shared this remarkable accomplishment during a conference on ‘9 Years of the Modi Government’ held in the national capital. With a total road network of nearly 64 lakh km, India now stands at the forefront of global road infrastructure.

    Highlighting the progress, Minister Gadkari stated that India’s National Highways network alone spans an impressive 1,45,240 km as of today. This remarkable growth is evident when compared to the 91,287 km of National Highways recorded in 2013-14. The substantial expansion of India’s road network reflects the government’s commitment to developing robust transportation infrastructure across the country.

    During his address, Gadkari proudly mentioned that India had set seven world records in the road infrastructure sector over the past nine years. Currently, India’s road network ranks second in the world, surpassed only by the United States. This achievement is a testament to the country’s ambitious vision for connectivity and mobility.

    The minister also shared positive news about toll revenues, highlighting a significant increase in recent years. The toll revenue, which stood at ₹4,770 crore in 2013-14, has now risen to ₹41,342 crore. Looking ahead, the government aims to further boost toll revenue to ₹1,30,000 crore by 2030, indicating the continued growth and efficiency of the road network.

    Gadkari emphasized the role of technology in enhancing the toll collection process. The usage of FASTags, electronic toll collection devices, has significantly reduced waiting times at toll plazas to a mere 47 seconds. With the government’s ongoing efforts, the aim is to further reduce the waiting time to below 30 seconds, ensuring smoother and faster traffic flow.

    India’s achievement in expanding its road network demonstrates the country’s dedication to infrastructure development and connectivity. The improved road infrastructure will not only enhance transportation within the country but also bolster economic growth, trade, and tourism. As India continues to invest in its road network, it sets a strong foundation for a more connected and prosperous future.

    Sources By Agencies

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