The government is planning to build Bharat Mala, a 5,000 km road network along the borders and coastal areas that will connect all untouched areas in the hinterlands to push development and economic activities, construction of which will need a minimum of Rs.50,000 crore.
Officials said the project will be part of the ‘work plan’ the road ministry will submit to PM Narendra Modi when he holds the first meeting on the infrastructure sector in the current financial year. The road network will pass through all bordering states including Nepal, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan and Bhutan, besides covering the vast coastline.
One ministry official said they already have a good network in these stretches and will build the missing links and extend the network where no roads exist at present. They are identifying the stretches and will start preparation of the plan, as well as consultations with the state governments to get their views.
The project could begin this year and the ministry targets completing it in the next five years.