The Union transport ministry has given its in-principle approval to convert about 3,839 km of state highways in Maharashtra into national highways. The ministry will bear all expenses for widening and maintenance, while either National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) or the state’s public works department (PWD) will carry out the road works. This decision was taken on 4 November 2015 in a meeting in Delhi.

According to the economic survey of Maharashtra for 2014-2015, the state has 2,63,708 km of roads, of which 5,858 km comprises national highways while 6,337 km are state highways. District and village roads account for the rest.

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