Never before has the scope of the roads sector been enhanced as with the current government, and under the ministership of Nitin Gadkari. Today, the National highways - which accounted for anywhere between 55,000-70,000 km out of 3.5 million km of roadways in India - has been expanded to account for around 2 lakh km. This has become possible because roads that used to belong to the state have now been taken over by the central government. That is certainly something to be bullish about, if you are in the business of building and looking after roads.
Shri Nitin Gadkari
Union Minister for Roads, highways, ports, waterway and Clean Ganga
Hon'ble Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in the Government of India. He is also known for the works during his tenure as a Public Works Department Minister in the state of Maharashtra. He has constructed a series of roads, highways and flyovers across the state including the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, India's first six-lane concrete, high-speed, access controlled tolled expressway.
Trivia on Indian road network
- India has a road network of over 5,472,144 kilometres as of 2015, the second largest road network in the world.
- India has about 96,000 kilometers of national highways and expressways, plus another 147,800 kilometres of state highways till 2015.
- The government earned more than 6700 crore rupees through toll fee in 2015-16.
- Uttar Pradesh consistently accounted for more than 20% of the total revenue collected at toll plazas.
Sudhir R. Hoshing
Joint Managing Director, IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd
Senior partner in McKinsey's Mumbai office and member of the Asian Energy
Chairman and Managing Director (IIFCL)
DGM -Head Accessories, Customisation & Business Solution