“India’s road density is 1.66 km per sq km of area, which is higher than that of Japan, USA, China, Brazil and Russian Federation,” Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Lok Sabha.
According to the minister, the total length of National Highways (NH) currently is about 103,613 km and about 47,890 km length of state roads have been approved in-principle as new NHs are subject to outcome of their detailed project reports (DPRs).
“The existing NHs comprise of about 1.9 per cent of total road network, but carry about 40 per cent of total road traffic. The total number of registered vehicles in the country increased from about 17.6 crore in March 2013 to about 21 crore in March 2015,” the minister added.
During the years 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, about 4,260 km, 4,410 km and 6,061 km length of NHs were developed, respectively, according to the figures provided by the minister.