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Earlier this year, the Narendra Modi government promised to construct 6,000 km of new highways in this financial year. 17 new highways have received an in-principle approval in Himachal Pradesh alone. The total length of all the highways in Himachal Pradesh comes to a little over 1300 km. (ALSO SEE 5 breathtaking hill stations in Himachal Pradesh perfect for summer holidays 2016) Also Read - Rajasthan News: Shops, Parlours to Open in State, Govt Offices to Function in Full Strength From June 1

Some of these stretches are as little as 14 km while the longest is 153 km. Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India has assured that his ministry will widen every national highway in Himachal Pradesh if the state helps in acquiring the land for it. Also Read - Swara Bhasker Describes Struggle of Helping Migrant Workers: Have to Sift Through Filth in my Comments Section

Gadkari also said that there were plans to run electricity powered buses rather than the old diesel ones that pollute the environment. The new buses, he said, will run on lithium batteries developed by ISRO and are 30 per cent cheaper than their European counterparts.(ALSO SEE Driving in Himachal Pradesh: Mashobra, Chail, Shimla tour) Also Read - Unlock 1.0: Tarapith, Tirupati, Jagannath, Meenakshi Temples | What is Opening And From When?


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Other plans included using artificial water bodies created due to dams for landing water planes.

The highways list includes the following stretches:

14km from Takshal to Nogli

47 km from Ranital to Kotla

57 km from Bhota to Nerchouk

62 km from Rohru to Kotkhai via Bhalidhar and Kiari

78 km from Narkanda to Rohru

106 km from Taradevi to Ghanouli via Nalagarh

118km from Neripul to Banethi via Rajgarh

125 km from Mandi to Nagan via Chailchouk

153km from Chailla to Narayangarh via Sarahan

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