Bharat Mala Project – UPSC Prelims

Ministry/Department :  Ministry of Road, Transport and Highway
Aims to improve the efficiency of freight and passenger movement across the country by bridging critical infrastructure gaps.
  • It is an ambitious road and highways project.
  • It envisages construction of 34,800 km of roads along India’s borders, coastal areas, ports, religious and tourist places as well as over 100 district headquarters.
  • The BharatMala project will include economic corridors (9,000 km), inter-corridor and feeder route (6,000 km), national corridors efficiency improvement (5,000 km), border roads and international connectivity (2,000 km), coastal roads and port connectivity (2,000 km) and greenfield expressway (800 km).
  • Under programme, roads will be built along borders with Bhutan and Nepal, bottlenecks on existing Golden Quadrilateral highway network will be removed.
  • Moreover, road connectivity to small industries will be ensured and manufacturing centres will be connected with national highways.

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