India’s 10 best highways: NH-48 between Ahmedabad & Vadodara tops NHAI list
NEW DELHI: A 102-km stretch between Ahmedabad and Vadodara on NH48 ranked best in a survey conducted by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The 6-lane national highway, which connects two metros – Delhi and Chennai – got an overall score of 91.81 out of 100.
Around the world, such studies are done on a regular basis. However, this was the first time any such survey of national highways conducted in India.
A total of 219 national highways across India, covering 18,668 kilometres, were included in this survey.
The aspects like efficiency, safety and user services were taken into consideration before ranking the highways. Such studies will now be undertaken every six months according to the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways officials. It is hoped that it will help maintain standards in line with best practices globally.
A report published by the agency read, “The rating exercise of highway corridors will provide an assessment of current status of level of services on the national highway stretches. This exercise will help in identifying the gaps in design, standards, practices, guidelines and contract agreements. Filling those gaps will ensure improved user experience and improved quality of highways.”
The 141-km long stretch between Goa, Karnataka to Kundapur section of NH-66 got the second place. A 93 km long four-lane stretch of NE-1, linking Ahmedabad-Vadodara got the third spot. All top three highway stretches have been developed by IRB Infrastructure Developers.
A 42-km long stretch between Simga and Sargon on NH-130 is in fourth place which was developed by Larsen & Toubro. In fifth place is 98 km-long Solapur-Yedeshi section of NH-211. The 148-km long NH-48 stretch between Krishnagiri and Walajahpet has been ranked as India’s sixth-best highway stretch while the 87.1 km long NH47 connecting Godhra and Gujarat/Madhya Pradesh border ranked seventh.
The last three on the list of 10 best national highways are NH4 stretch between Bangalore to Nelamangala, NH44 stretch between Islam Nagar and Kadthal and NH-33 connecting Mahulia to Baharagora and Baharagora to Chichira.