The Government of India and the World Bank today signed a $500 million project to build safe and Green
National Highway Corridors in the states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra
Pradesh. The project will also enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
(MoRTH) in mainstreaming safety and green technologies.
The Green National Highway Corridors Project will support MoRTH construct 783 km of highways in
various geographies by integrating safe and green technology designs such as local and marginal
materials, industrial byproducts, and other bioengineering solutions. The project will help reduce GHG
emissions in the construction and maintenance of highways.
Dr CS Mohapatra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance stated that
the Government of India is committed to environmentally sustainable development in its infrastructure
projects. This project will set new standards in the construction of safe motorable roads. The selected
stretches in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh will also help
improve connectivity and promote economic development.
The agreement was signed by Dr Mohapatra on behalf of the Government of India and Ms Sumila
Gulyani, Acting Country Director, India on behalf of the World Bank.
The ultimate objective of transport infrastructure is to provide seamless connectivity and reduce
logistics costs. The Government of India has launched many investment programs in road sector
infrastructure to strengthen and improve logistics performance. This project will also support analytics
to map the freight volume and movement pattern on the National Highway network, identify
constraints, and provide innovative logistics solutions.
Historically, the transport sector in India has offered limited employment opportunities for women. The
project will support the ministry with an in-depth analysis of gender-related issues in the transport
sector along with help in creating jobs for women by training women-led micro enterprises and women
collectives to implement green technologies in the highway corridors.
“Connectivity for economic growth and connectivity for sustainable development are two important
aspects of a country’s development trajectory. This operation brings these two priorities together in
support of India’s growth strategy,” said Mr Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director in India. “This
project will provide efficient transportation for road users in the four states, connect people with
markets and services, promote efficient use of construction materials and water to reduce the depletion
of scarce natural resources, and help lower GHG emissions,” he added.
The National Highways of India carry about 40 percent of road traffic. However, several sections of these
highways have inadequate capacity, weak drainage structures and black spots prone to accidents. The
project will strengthen and widen existing structures; construct new pavements, drainage facilities and
bypasses; improve junctions; and introduce road safety features. It is imperative that the infrastructure
investments are climate resilient. To this effect disaster risk assessment of about 5,000 km of the
National Highway network will also be undertaken under the project along with support to ministry for
mainstreaming climate resilience aspects in project design and implementation.
The $500 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a
maturity of 18.5 years including a grace period of five years.