The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has received proposals from various states for upgrading over 55,000 km of state highways to national highways.
"The ministry has so far received proposals for declaration of various state roads as national highways (NH) from various states and Union Territories for a total length of more than 55,000 km," a road ministry official said.
The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) in March approved the proposal for declaration of about 10,000 km of state roads as NHs. Thar meeting also decided that the criteria such upgrade would be finalised after discussing with the Planning Commission.
The ministry has initiated the process of finalisation of criteria for identification of about 10,000 km of state highways, which could be considered for upgrade as NHs. Similar criteria is likely to be followed for the 55,000 km stretches as well.
Total length of the national highways at present is 70,934 km. The 20-year Road Development Plan 2001-2021 prepared by the Ministry envisages a total NH network of about 80,000 km by 2021.