List of Important National Highways of India

National Highways connect major cities of India (ports, cities, capitals of states) thereby becoming the backbone of the Indian road network. They are usually made broad by 2 or 4 lanes of concrete cement. Let us learn more about Important National Highways of India.

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National Highways of India

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), set up in 1988 under the Act Parliament, is responsible for the development, maintenance, and management of highways in India.

NH – 44, which runs through the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu is the longest National Highway in India. It stretches for approximately 3745 km. NH 44 was previously known as NH 7.

The National Highways of India have a systematic numbering scheme that is based on the geographic orientation and location of the highway. This method was adopted to ensure the flexibility and consistency of the highways.

  1. For all National Highways which run from North to South, even numbers are assigned from east West in ascending order. Example is NH- 2 is located in the North-Eastern states.
  2. For all National Highways which run from East to West odd numbers are assigned and are named in ascending order from East to West. For example – 87 is located in Tamil Nadu.
  3. Highways which are denoted by 3 numbers are the branches of the National Highway. For example – NH 144,244 is the subsidiary routes of the national highway 44.

List of National Highways of India

National HighwayLength (in kilometers)Route
NH 44 (old NH 7)3,745Srinagar to Kanyakumari
NH 273,507Porbandar in Gujarat to Silchar in Assam
NH 48 (old NH 8)2,807Delhi to Chennai
NH 522,317Sangrur, Punjab to Ankola, Karnataka
NH 30 (Old NH 221)2,040Sitarganj in Uttarakhand to Ibrahimpatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
NH 61,873Jorabat in Meghalaya and terminates at Selling in Mizoram
NH 531,781Hajira in Gujarat and Pradip port in Odisha.
NH 16 (Old NH 5)1,711East coast of West Bengal to Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
NH 66 (Old NH 17)1,622Panvel and terminates at Kanyakumari
NH 19 (Old NH 20)1,435Delhi to Kolkata
NH 341,426Gangotri Dham in Uttarakhand to Lakhnadon in Madhya Pradesh

The following list is separated in a state-wise manner:

Name of StateNational Highway No.
Andhra Pradesh4, 5, 7, 9, 16, 18, 43, 63, 202, 205, 214, 214A, 219, 221 & 222
Arunachal Pradesh52, 52A & 153
Assam31, 31B, 31C, 36, 37, 37A, 38, 39, 44, 51, 52, 52A, 52B, 53, 54, 61, 62, 151, 152, 153 & 154
Bihar2, 2C, 19, 28, 28A, 28B, 30, 30A, 31, 57, 57A, 77, 80, 81, 82, 83, 83, 84, 85, 98, 99, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107 & 110
Chandigarh21
Chhattisgarh6, 12A, 16, 43, 78, 200, 202, 216, 217, 111, & 221
Delhi1, 2, 8, 10 & 24
Goa4A, 17, 17A & 17B
GujaratNE-I, 6, 8, 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 8E, 14, 15, 59, 113 & 228
Haryana1, 2, 8, 10, 21A, 22, 64, 65, 71, 71A, 72, 73, 73A , 71B & NE-II1512
Himachal Pradesh1A, 20, 21, 21A, 22, 70, 72, 88 & 73A
Jammu & Kashmir1A, 1B, 1C & 1D
Jharkhand2, 6, 23, 31, 32, 33, 75, 78, 80, 98, 99 & 100
Karnataka4, 4A, 7, 9, 13, 17, 48, 63, 67, 206, 207,209, 212 & 218
Kerala17, 47, 47A, 49, 208, 212, 213, & 220
Madhya Pradesh3, 7, 12, 12A, 25, 26, 26A, 27, 59, 59A, 69, 75, 76, 78, 86 & 92
Maharashtra3, 4, 4B, 4C, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 16, 17, 50, 69, 204, 211 & 222
Manipur39, 53, 150 & 155
Meghalaya40, 44, 51 & 62
Mizoram44A, 54, 54A, 54B, 150 & 154
Nagaland36, 39, 61, 150 & 155
Odisha5, 5A, 6, 23, 42, 43, 60, 75, 200, 201, 203, 203A, 215, 217 & 2243704
Puducherry45A & 66
Punjab1, 1A, 10, 15, 20, 21, 22, 64, 70, 71, 72 & 95
Rajasthan3, 8, 11, 11A, 11B, 12, 14, 15, 65, 71B, 76, 79, 79A, 89, 5585, 90, 113, 112, 114 & 116
Sikkim31A
Tamilnadu4, 5, 7, 7A, 45, 45A, 45B, 45C, 46, 47, 47B, 49, 66, 67, 68, 205, 207, 208, 209, 210, 219, 220, 226 & 227
Tripura44 & 44A 400
Uttaranchal58, 72, 72A, 73, 74, 87, 94, 108, 109, 123, 119, 121, 87 Ext. & 125
Uttar Pradesh2, 2A, 3, 7, 11, 12A, 19, 24, 24A, 24B, 25, 25A, 26, 27, 28, 28B, 28C, 29, 56, 56A, 56B, 58, 72A, 73, 74, 75, 76, 86, 87, 91, 91A, 92, 93 ,96, 97 , 119 & NE-II
West Bengal2, 2B, 6, 31, 31A, 31C, 32, 34, 35, 41, 55, 60, 60A, 80, 81 & 117
Andaman & Nicobar223

Conclusion

The National Highways of India only constitute 1.8% of the roads but form 40% of the road traffic. With India having the second largest road network in the world, it has over 200 highways and up to over 1 lakh kilometers.

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