What are some interesting facts about highways in India?

India boasts of the second largest road network in the world that was mostly highlighted for all the wrong reasons in the past. The poor quality of roads was the reason behind several accidents that used to take place every single day. 

However, all that started to change in the 21st century. On the back of innovative measures and latest technology, Indian roads and highways started to underwent a major transformation. The government took some useful steps and private players like IRB Infrastructure among others also geared up for the cause.

With the advent of BOT projects, the situation of roads changed altogether. A big part of this transformation was IRB Infrastructure developers, as the company went onto execute the first BOT project in the country. IRB developed large highways in quick time and connected many villages with cities, under the leadership of Virendra D Mhaiskar.

Other private players also jumped onto the scene and developed difficult and complex projects by taking a leaf out of the book of IRB Infrastructure. It is important to have a network of best construction companies in order to not only construct good roads but also maintain them. 

There are over 200 national highways at the moment, which are mostly of double lanes, while more than 22,900 kms are of 4 to 6 lanes. However, the national highways still constitute for only 1.7 per cent of all Indian roads, controlling 40 per cent of road traffic in the country. 

The NH7 is the longest national highway in India with a length of 2369 kms, running from Varanasi to Kanyakumari. The Golden Quadrilateral project is set to connect four metro cities of India (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai). The large part of the prestigious project is also being developed by IRB Infrastructure.

The standard of roads may have improved significantly. But, a lot of work still needs to be done to offer world-class experience to the commuters.

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