For most of us, going on a long road trip seems to be the perfect escape from our tedious life. Highways, more or less, form a core part of our travel diaries. Driving at a sky-high speed on smooth and peaceful highways give a certain sense of liberation to our dull souls. And we cherish that.
Our travel desires go up with every outing but somewhere, our in-depth knowledge about roads and highways we tour is still minus and limited. Like they say – one must travel like a traveller, not as a tourist. So, to better your awareness about our national highways, here we have ten important facts that you must know:
NHAI was set up by an act of the Parliament, NHAI Act, in 1988. Most of its work is regulated under National Highways Development Project(NHDP), the largest highway project in India. This project was started by our Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and till now, it has developed over 50,329 kms of national highways.
The highway passes through Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
Well, they represent the respective highway line.
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Three-digit number highways are secondary routes or branches. For example, 144, 244, 344 etc will be the branches of the main national highway 44. Also, when suffixes A, B, C, D etc are added to the three-digit number, it signifies the stretch of the sub-highways. For example – 966A, 527B.
Source: NHAI Annual Report 2014-15.