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The Golden quadrilateral project

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Multi-modal transport is one of the key highlights of doing business esp. when it comes to logistics management. This is not just essential for Internal trade but also International trade so this topic is important in the context of India’s trading activities.

The golden quadrilateral project/Sagar mala projects were conceptualized by the then Prime Minister of India, Shri. Atal Behari Vajpayee.

I have been on this golden quadrilateral for almost 3000 kms of its stretch and its fantastic! It shows the power of project financing on the terms of the BOT (Build, operate transfer) basis.

The route I took in 2004 was from Delhi-Mathura-Agra on NH2. Then we took a deviation and traversed the route on NH8 from Delhi-Gurgaon-Jaipur-Ajmer-Chitorgarh-Udaipur.

This was during my IIFT MIB course at Delhi.

The route is beautiful and the road is very scenic. There are toll highways all along the route with 4/6-lane express highways all along!

On a side note, we also undertook a recent South India tour in early 2006 to the lower half of the Indian peninsula in my Honda City.

The route we took was on NH-7 (the longest highway in India) from Bangalore-Madurai-Kanyakumari (Nagercoil district). The road is really scenic with windmills (of Suzlon fame!) stretching for kilometers together. From Kanyakumari, we took a route to Madurai and to Rameshwaram island (there is a famous bridge we have to cross there called the Pamban bridge that is built on the Bay of Bengal that connects Rameshwaram with the mainland). The road near Rameshwaram is beautiful and we went by the sea for kilometers together (the Bay of Bengal). Sri Lanka is only about 24 kms towards the south of Rameshwaram so the coast of Rameshwaram is heavily guarded by the Indian Navy.

The network of highways in India requires maintenance and improvement but it is slowly but surely becoming world-class.

I am optimistic about the future of our roadways!


Written by Naveen Athresh

February 6, 2007 at 1:48 pm

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  1. hey hi der!!! this remin from bangalore. could help me in getting the capital bugeting part of Golden Quadrangle project as im workin on it for mah report.Thank u in advance. if u cant no worries.


    March 9, 2010 at 11:17 pm

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