The last of the Indian villages on the India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan, where even narrow lanes were tough to be seen, now have their own highways, on which even fighter planes have been landed. In order to connect the last thousand villages on the border, a 460 KM long highway has been constructed for Rs. 2205 crores.
This two-lane highway, called the Bharatmala project, connects Barmer-Jalore’s Gandhav to Serwa, Bakhasar, Ramsar, Munabav, Sundara, to Jaisalmer’s largest Shaktipeeth temple, Tanotrai.
This highway constructed in between the sand dunes is also augmenting the beauty of the border-villages. It is the first time that a highway of such a capacity has been constructed in border villages.
The 196 KM stretch from Gandhav to Bakhasar to Gagariya is worth Rs. 765 crores and the 274 KM from Munabav to Tanot is worth 1440 crores. This highway is crucial not only for the common people but also for defense purposes. In the situation of a war, fighter planes can easily be landed on this highway.
The Bharatmala project is a centrally-funded roads and highways development project which aims to build a solid network of roads, highways and expressways across India.
The project envisages a network of around 83, 677 KM of roads. The total investment in this gigantic project is estimated to be at around 10.63 lakh crore rupees. Its objective is to connect the hitherto unconnected and far-flung areas of the country.