Highway Construction fell to a four year low in 2021-22
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- Highway construction fell to a four-year low of 22.2 km per day during the April-January period of the current financial year, mainly because multiple cyclones and heavy rains affected construction in the southern states in recent months.
- India built highways at a pace of 30.4 km/day in the same period in the last financial year, despite the pandemic.
- The government has also lowered the target for highway construction for the year to 33 km/day from 40 km/day set earlier.
- The government of India has set a target to construct 12,000 Km of National Highway in 2021-22.
- The target for construction of national highways for 2022-23 is 25,000 km.
IMPORTANT FACTS :
India has the second largest road network in the world after the United States of America .
The total road network in India at the end of 31 December 2021 was around 63.72 lakh Km.
This comprises National Highways 1,40,995 km, State Highways 1,71,039 km, and Expressway,District Roads and Village roads combining 60,59,813 km.
States Having Largest Network of National Highways as on 31 December 2021.
Length of National Highways
State which has the shortest National Highway (length wise) Goa. It has 293 Km of National Highways.
Source of Data: Annual Report 2020-21, Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways : Nitin Gadkari
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