The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) expects to earn Rs 1.25 lakh crore from user fees and national highway monetisation after the completion of Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I by 2028-29, which is three times more than it did in 2022-23.
As per reports, the government received Rs 41,300 crore from toll collection and national highway monetisation. Surprisingly, this value was Rs 4,770 crore in 2013-14.
According to the reports, works totaling over 26,000 kilometres have been awarded for construction worth Rs 8.24 lakh crore. While work on approximately 14,000 km has been done, the remaining work will be completed by 2027-28.
The Centre approved the Bharatmala Pariyojana in 2017 and it is projected to cost Rs 5.35 lakh crore. It is a nationwide programme to increase the efficiency of road traffic flow. With this project, the Ministry will fill critical infrastructure deficiencies.
Madhya Pradesh has the largest portion (3,176 km) of the overall 34,800 km of the Bharatmala project, followed by Maharashtra (3,018 km) and Uttar Pradesh (3,014 km). The following states are Andhra Pradesh (2,515 km), Rajasthan (2,503 km), and Tamil Nadu (2,414 km).
The project spans at least 12 states, including Karnataka (2,070 km), Punjab (1,764 km), Telangana (1,728 km), Odisha (1,586 km), Gujarat (1,576 km), and Bihar (1,572 km).