Key Statistics: Trends in road and highway construction

National highway network development

  • The total national highway network has grown at a CAGR of about 4 per cent over the past two decades. The systematic push through the corridor-based approach has contributed to this growth.
  • National highways currently constitute about 2 per cent of the overall road network, but carry over 40 per cent of the total traffic.

Pace of construction

  •  The current rate of road construction is almost three times that in 2007-08.
  • The launch of the Bharatmala Pariyojana in 2017 provided a big fillip to construction activity, with the pace of construction doubling from 12 km per day in 2014-15 to 30 km per day in 2022-23, and peaking at 37 km per day in 2020-21.
  • The government aims to take this up to 100 km per day in the next few years.