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Updated January 5th, 2024 at 20:31 IST

Road transport ministry proposes new 50,000 km high-speed corridors by 2047

The corridors will push average travel speed of trucks from current 45 kmph to 75-80 kmph on NH network.

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Road Transport and Highways Ministry (MoRTH) has proposed to build 50,000 km of high speed (access-controlled) corridors by 2047. This information was shared by a senior official privy to the development. After its completion, the corridors will push average travel speed of trucks from the current 45 kmph to 75-80 kmph on the National Highway network, Road Transport and Highways Secretary Anurag Jain said. 

Jain said while the total length of high-speed corridors in 2014 was 353 km, which increased to 3,913 km in 2023. "We have finalised a vision document for the infrastructure sector... In that document, we have proposed to increase the total length of high speed corridors to 50,000 km by 2047," he said.

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A vision document is being prepared by NITI Aayog for India to become a developed economy of about USD 30 trillion by 2047, and it will be released by the Prime Minister by the end of January. In 2023, the Aayog was entrusted with the task of consolidating the 10 sectoral thematic visions into a combined vision for Viksit Bharat @2047.

He said the awarding of projects would be as per Vision 2047 to improve implementation and minimise overlap. As per Jain, out of 108 (3,700 km) port connectivity road projects, eight (294 km) are completed, 28 (1,808 km) are awarded and detailed project reports for 72 (1,595 km) projects are under progress. He said under the Parvatmala Pariyojana, 60-km ropeway projects are planned for award by the end of this fiscal.

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Ropeway at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) of 3.85 km is under construction, Jain said, adding that bids for nine projects of 36 km length have been invited.Jain said since the launch of Toll-Operate-Transfer (TOT) model in 2018, state-owned NHAI has completed six rounds of the road asset monetisation through TOT mode and raised Rs 26,366 crore. 

(With PTI inputs) 

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Published January 5th, 2024 at 20:28 IST

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