According to the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways (MoRTH), there are 599 National Highways in India. Over a period of time, the numbering of National Highways in India has been renewed. The Ministry has released details of National Highways in the country on its official website.
The total length of National Highways is 132500 Kms. The article will provide you with a list of major national highways in India as it will help aspirants for the IAS Exam (Prelims, Mains.)
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List of Important National Highways in India
The list of major highways in India with the states they pass through is given below. It is taken up from the official document of MoRTH. Once can download the PDF version of the Indian National Highways details with routes and length from the link mentioned below this table.
|Old National Highway Number||New National Highway Number||Serial No. in NH Act, 1956||States/UTs Through which it Passes|
|NH 1 A and NH 1 D||NH 1||1||Jammu & Kashmir|
|NH 1 B||NH 244||144||Jammu & Kashmir|
|NH 2||NH 19 (Golden Quadrilateral)||63||Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal|
|NH 2A||NH 519||66||Uttar Pradesh|
|NH 2B||NH 114||40||West Bengal|
|NH 223||NH 4||12||Andaman & Nicobar Islands|
|NH 4 A||NH 748||165||Goa, Karnataka|
|NH 4 B||NH 348||161||Maharashtra|
|NH 16 (Golden Quadrilateral)||49||Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal|
|NH 7||NH 135||123||Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh|
|NH 7 A||NH 138||131||Tamil Nadu|
|NH 8||NH 48 (Golden Quadrilateral)||157||Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu|
|NH 8 A||NH 41||139||Gujarat|
|NH 8 C||NH 147||154||Gujarat|
|NH 8 D||NH 151||171||Gujarat|
|NH 9||NH 65||196||Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana|
|NH 11||NH 21||73||Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh|
|NH 11 A||NH 148||158||Rajasthan|
|NH 12||NH 45||336||Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh|
|NH 40||136||Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu|
|NH 5||13||Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab|
|NH 23||NH 320||71||Jharkhand|
|NH 24||NH 530||102||Uttar Pradesh|
|NH 30||NH 319||65||Bihar|
|NH 35||NH 112||37||West Bengal|
|NH 39||NH 129||98||Assam, Nagaland|
|NH 47||NH 544||147||Kerala, Tamil Nadu|
|NH 47 A||NH 966 B||205||Kerala|
|NH 47 C||NH 966 A||204||Kerala|
|NH 55||NH 110||34||West Bengal|
|NH 56||NH 731||110||Uttar Pradesh|
|NH 79||NH 156||184||Rajasthan|
|NH 152||NH 127 A||87||Assam|
|NH 38 & NH 153||NH 315||45||Assam, Arunachal Pradesh|
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State-Wise National Highways Length
The table below mentions the length of the National Highways spanning across the states:
Length of National Highways (Kms)
Facts about National Highways in India
There are a few important facts about the National Highways of India which are important for UPSC:
- National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is an autonomous authority to develop, maintain, and manage the National Highways of India.
- Central Government has the power to notify any highway as the National Highway and such highway will be specified in the Schedule.
- The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is responsible for the development of National Highways.
- The government launched the Bharatmala Project for the development of about 26,000 km length of Economic Corridors, which along with Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) and North-South and East-West (NS-EW) Corridors are expected to carry the majority of the Freight Traffic on roads.
Transportation is an essential part of Indian geography. There are three types of transportation. They are road, water, and air transportation.
The road network in India is considered one of the largest road networks in the world. The roads in the countries are categorized into Border Roads, National Highways, State Highways, District Highways, Village Roads, etc. The international roads, Border roads, and National highways are maintained by the Central Government, where the State highways maintained by the respective state government. The District highways are looking after by District Board.
The List of Major National Highways is an important static GK topic. For more static GK topics check the linked page.
List of National Highways in India – Download PDF Here
Frequently Asked Questions
How many National Highways are there in India?
As per the list of the Ministry of Road, Transport, and Highways, there are 599 National Highways in India.
What is the longest National Highway in India?
The longest National Highway in India is NH-44 as per the old numbering system of National Highways in India.
What is the first National Highway in India?
The first National Highway in India was the old NH-1. It linked the National capital Delhi to Attari in Punjab near Indo-Pak Border. Now as per the new numbering system, NH 1 runs between Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
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