Total Road Length in India Increased at 4.2% CAGR

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NEW DELHI: The total road length of the India has increased at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.2% up to 2015 from 1951.  As on 31st March 2015, India’s road density at 1.66 kms/sq.km of area was higher than that of Japan (0.91 km/ sq km), USA (0.67 km/ sq km), China (0.46 km/ sq. km), Brazil (0.18 km/sq.km) and Russian Federation (0.08 km/ sq km).

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is primarily responsible for development and maintenance of National Highways (NHs). The total length of NHs at present is about 1,03,613 km. Further, about 47,890 km length of State roads have been approved In-Principle as new NHs subject to outcome of their Detailed Project Reports (DPRs). The existing NHs comprise of about 1.9 % of total road network, but carry about 40% of total road traffic. The total number of registered vehicles in the country increased from about 17.6 crore as on 31.03.2013 to about 21 crore as on 31.03.2015.  During the years 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, about 4,260 km, 4,410 km and 6,061 km length of NHs have been developed respectively.

The latest issue of Basic Road Statistics of India (2013-14 and 2014-15) published by the Transport Research Wing (TRW) of the Ministry in September, 2016 include details such as the length of various categories of roads, their percentage share in total road length, etc. The report contains information upto 31 March, 2015.

Category-wise distribution of Roads as on 31.03.2015

Category of Road As on 31st March 2015
  Length of Road (km) Share in total road length (%)
National Highways (NHs) 97,991 1.79
State Highways (SHs) 1,67,109 3.05
Other PWD (OPWD) Roads 11,01,178 20.12
Rural Roads 33,37,255 61.0
Urban Roads 4,67,106 8.54
Project Roads 3,01,505 5.50
Total 54,72,144 100.00

This information was given by the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways   Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

(PIB)

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