Study of socio-economic significance of proposed national highway ordered

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said a new policy for declaring new national highways was under the Central Government’s consideration.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said a new policy for declaring new national highways was under the Central Government’s consideration.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has directed the officials to analyze the socio-economic significance of Macherla-Karampudi-Narsaraopet-Sattenapalli-Sirigiripadu-Yerragondapalem road for declaring it as a national highway (NH) as per a request made by MP. GVL Narasimha Rao.

In a letter to the MP, Mr. Gadkari stated that while a new policy for declaring new NHs was under the Central Government’s consideration, he told the officials to examine the socio-economic parameters on whose basis the road could be recognized as an NH.

The factors that would be taken into consideration are traffic density, optimizing the efficiency of freight and passenger movement, enhancement of socio-economic development of the region, roads connecting the existing highways, roads of importance for tourism development etc.

On the basis of those points, the proposal would be evaluated for prioritization and inclusion in the NH construction programs, Mr. Gadkari said.

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