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12:00 AM, December 26, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:40 AM, December 26, 2017

India to link highways to int'l trade points

India has decided to undertake a plan to link its major highway corridors to international trade points with Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar at a cost of Rs 25,000 crore, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Sunday.

He told the media that about 2,000 kilometres of highways would be constructed to link major highways corridors to the identified international trade points at borders with the four countries.

The project is part of the Bharatmala Pariyojana, he added.

The Indian cabinet, at a meeting on October 25, had approved a mega plan to build 83,677kms of highways by March 2022 at a cost of about Rs 7 lakh crore, which includes the ambitious Bharatmala project at a cost of about Rs 5.35 lakh crore.

Asked about the funding for the project, Gadkari said the entire Rs 5.35 lakh crore for Bharatmala has been tied up.

The minister said, besides the project to link highway corridors with international trade points, there are several other projects under implementation which aim to facilitate India's international connectivity with neighbouring countries in South Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. 

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