The Ministry is largely in charge of planning and maintaining the nation's National Highway System (NHS). A total of 55 Port Connectivity Road projects totaling 2,753 kilometers in length have been taken up by Ministry of Road Transport & Highway (MoRTH). In addition to this, the DPR preparatory work has been ongoing for two further lengths.
In October 2021, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved, among other things, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry's request to include 48,030 km of National Highways (NHS) infrastructure projects as part of the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP) for Multi-modal Connectivity to Different Economic Zones.
This entails, among other things, building the nation's 2,047 km of port connectivity roads (68 projects).
The corridor is 583.90 kilometers long and runs from Bhavnagar-Veraval-Gadu-Porbandar-Dwarka-Khambhaliya-Devariya and Dhrol-Bhadra-Patiya-Pipaliya. Out of those, the development of three projects totaling three a total length of 46 km from Bhavnagar to the Sosiya-Alang Ship Recycling yard, Trapaj-Manar, and RoB on Kandla Kutch Road is planned for the Gujarati state.
Important locations and districts including Bhavnagar, Una, Gir-Somnath, Junagadh, Porbandar, Dwarka, Devbhumidwarka, Jamnagar, and Morbi would be connected by the corridor. The corridor will link areas of industry and significant economic activity with ports in the area, easing cargo transit and cutting down on time and cost associated with it. Additionally, it would offer seamless access to popular tourist areas and support regional economic growth.
The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari, provided this information in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
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