National Highways Authority of India was set up by an act of the Parliament, NHAI Act, 1988 “An Act to provide for the constitution of an Authority for the development, maintenance and management of national highways and for matter connected therewith or incidental thereto”. It has been entrusted with National Highways Development Project, which along with other minor projects, has vested in it 50329 kms of National Highways for development, maintenance and management.
The total length of NH (including expressways) in the country at present is 1,32,499 kms. While Highways/Expressways constitute only about 1.7% of the length of all roads, they carry about 40% of the road traffic. One of the functions of NHAI is to implement National Highways Development Project (NHDP) which is India’s largest ever Highways Project in a phased manner.
NHAI has a three-tier structure. The Headquarters (HQ), the Regional Offices (ROs) and the Project Implementation Units (PIUs). The Headquarters of National Highways Authority of India is situated at New Delhi.
The Authority consists of a Chairman and not more than six full-time and six part-time Members.
The current chairman of NHAI is Shri Nagendra Nath Sinha, IAS.
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