National Highways Authority planning 36,000 km Indian road network

 Indian road congestionIndian road network: The National Highways Authority of India is drawing up plans to build a national road grid of 27 highways with a total length of 36,600km crisscrossing the country. Upgrading existing highways and building new roads to achieve this goal is expected to cost more that $3.7bn.
According to estimates prepared by Goldman Sachs in 2009, India would need to invest US$1.7trn on infrastructure projects before 2020 to meet its economic needs, a part of which would be in upgrading India’s road network. The government in New Delhi is attempting to promote foreign investment in road projects and has so far attracted around 45 international contractors and 40 design/engineering consultant to help out, mainly from Malaysia, South Korea, the UK and the US.