BHARATMALA PARIYOJANA – Visionary Corridor across India

1 INTRODUCTION

  • Bharatmala Pariyojana is an umbrella scheme of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). 
  • The scheme aims to optimize the efficiency of movement, both freight and passenger, across India by developing critical infrastructure – corridors, highways, waterways, etc.
  • It also aims to create direct and indirect employment in the sector besides enabling National Highway linkages for over 500 districts in the country. 
  • This ambitious programme has subsumed all existing highway projects.

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2 KEY FEATURES

  • Improvement in the quality of roads 
  • Improvement in the efficiency of corridors through operationalization of Multimodal Logistics Parks and by addressing the issue of choke points.
  • Improvement in the levels of connectivity in the North East and also increasing alignment of connectivity efforts with inland waterways
  • Emphasis on the use of science and technology in planning, implementing and monitoring of the programme.

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3 COMPONENTS

  • Economic Corridors [9,000KM] 
  • Inter-corridor and feeder roads to National and Economic Corridors [6,000KM]
  • National Corridors Efficiency Improvement [5,000KM] 
  • Border and International connectivity roads [2,000KM]
  • Coastal and Port connectivity roads [2,000KM] 
  • Green-field expressways [800KM]

4 LOOKING FORWARD

  • Bharatmala Pariyojana focuses on the enhancement of existing infrastructure and therefore catalyses the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan and Make in India programme. 
  • The use of technology-based and scientific planning will pave the way for the practice of Asset Monitoring and Project Preparations in the future. 
  • Further, with efficient highway connectivity in the North-East, a boost in tourism and in the infrastructure development sector is anticipated.