New Delhi, Sep 6 (UNI) The UPA government has given a push to infrastructure development in the country, particularly the highway sector which is ''a vital component of infrastructure that has grown phenomenally becoming the most preferred mode of transport", Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Thiru T R Baalu today said.
Inaugurating the Central hot mix plant at Udhagamandalam in Tamil Nadu, the Minister said the installation of the plant would facilitate denser bituminous layered roads with better riding quality in the region.
Stating that the government was committed to all-round development of the road network in the country, he said not only had it taken steps to accelerate the progress of the ongoing National Highways Development Project (NHDP), but also started new programmes in the road sector.
India, he said, has a large road network of over 3.3 million kilometres, comprising 68,354 km length of national highways, 1,28,000 km of state highways, 4,70,000 km of major district roads and about 26,50,000 km of rural and other roads.
Referring to various projects initiated by the Central Road Transport and Highways Ministry in Tamil Nadu, the Minister said the state had received the attention of the Centre in development of national highways. Of the 4,508-km length of national highways in the state, 3,261 km had been taken up by NHAI for four laning under the NHDP and other projects.
He said this would increase the level of service of road connectivity to the remote areas with important cities and places of religious, tourist, historical, agricultural and industrial importance and substantially enhance the traffic comfort and safety, save travel time and fuel consumption. The 342 km-long Golden Quadrilateral under NHDP Phase-I in Tamil Nadu has also been upgraded to four-lane facility.
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