After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project Swach Bharat Abhiyaan, it’s the turn for his other ambitious project -Bharat Mala. No, it doesn’t have any links with weddings whatsoever.
‘Bharat Mala’ is the name given to the project — a road built along India’s vast west-to-east land border, from Gujarat to Mizoram, and linking that to a road network in coastal states, from Maharashtra to Bengal, as reported by Economics Times.
The project will start from Gujarat and Rajasthan, and move right up to the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur and Mizoram.
The road network will be the garland territory of India. Hence, the name Bharat Mala. It is expected to cost around Rs 14,000 crore and is expected to take off later this year.
It is estimated that some 5,300 km-long new roads have to be constructed for covering India’s entire west-to-east land border. The government hopes to finish the project in five years.
Apart from improving reach and connectivity in border areas, it is said that the Bharat Mala will open up border trade. Therefore, a strong economic component is part of it.