Sunday, June 25, 2006

PM’s vision: Dense network of good roads

PM’s vision: Dense network of good roads
The Times of India

Bangalore: India is witnessing a road revolution, similar to the green and white revolutions that will extend development and strengthen links between urban and rural areas, the Prime Minister said on Saturday.

The UPA government, he said, has speeded up construction and development of national highways. “We now have a national highway development project costing Rs 2,20,000 crore to be implemented in 7 to 8 years,” he told the gathering at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the mixed corridor to Electronics City project.

Around Bangalore, apart from the Hosur Road project, “we are six-laning the Bangalore-Nelamangala stretch of NH-4, including a 4-km long elevated corridor; four-laning the Bangalore-Devanahalli section of NH-7, and four-laning the Bangalore-Kolar section of NH-4,” Singh said.

The National Highways Development Programme (NHDP), which originally had two phases, has been expanded to include seven phases covering the entire country.

The government is also sixlaning the entire golden quadrilateral project connecting the four metros, improving 20,000 km of two-lane highways, developing 1,000 km of access-controlled expressways and constructing by-passes and ring roads, the PM said.

“I will look forward to a day when India’s face will be changed by a dense network of world class highways, reaching out to the farthest corners,” he said.

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