Nagpur Plan

     The second World War saw a rapid growth in road traffic and this led to the deterioration in the condition of roads. To discuss about improving the condition of roads, the government convened a conference of chief engineers of provinces at Nagpur in 1943. The result of the conference is famous as the Nagpur plan.

  • A twenty year development program for the period (1943-1963) was finalized. It was the first attempt
  • to prepare a co-ordinated road development program in a planned manner.

The roads were divided into four classes:

  1. National highways which would pass through states, and places having national importance for strategic, administrative and other purposes.

  2. State highways which would be the other main roads of a state.

  3. District roads which would take traffic from the main roads to the interior of the district . According to the importance, some are considered as major district roads and the remaining as other district roads.

  4. Village roads which would link the villages to the road system.
  • The committee planned to construct 2 lakh kms of road across the country within 20 years.
  • They recommended the construction of star and grid pattern of roads throughout the country.
  • One of the objective was that the road length should be increased so as to give a road density of 16kms per 100

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