Bharat Mala Project: Linking border and coastal areas with road network
Bharat Mala project of India was in news in the fourth week of June 2015 as NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) has started inviting bids for preparing the Detailed Project Reports (DRPs) of over 3500km of roads along the border and coast lines.
Bharat Mala project is an ambitious plan of Union Ministry of Roads Transport & Highways which contemplated building about 5000 km of road networks in the country and link border and coastal areas with road network. The overall investment is estimated around 50000 crore rupees.
The entire network will stretch across 15 states with Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu & Puducherry, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Gujarat and Punjab getting substantial portion of this network.
Further, under the project it has been assumed that in each stretch 80 percent of road shall be two-lane with paved shoulders (two and half lanes) and 20 percent of length may be four-laned.
Bharat Mala probably takes a cue from Sagar Mala, the project to construct a string of ports in the Indian Ocean to protect maritime interests and Golden Quadrilateral, the highway network connecting Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.
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What: NHAI invited bids
When: Fourth week of June 2015