Why Golden Quadrilateral ?
The Golden Quadrilateral was a dream our Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It is a highway network connecting 4 principal metros together with many of the other major industrial, agricultural and cultural centers of India.
The Golden Quadrilateral connects Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai and other metropolises also connected by the network are Surat, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kanpur, Bhubaneswar, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam Guntur, Bengaluru and Pune.
The project was launched in 2001 by Atal Bihari Vajpayee under the NDA government
It is the largest highway project in India and the fifth longest in the world,
It is a 5,846 km (3,633 mi) four/six lane express highways at a cost of ₹60,000 crores.
Golden Quadrilateral project helps the country with the following benefits:
- Establishing faster transport networks between major cities and ports.
- Providing an impetus to smoother movement of products and people within India.
- Enabling industrial and job development in smaller towns through access to markets.
- Providing opportunities for farmers, through better transportation of produce from the agricultural hinterland to major cities and ports for export, through lesser wastage and spoils.
- Driving economic growth directly, through construction as well as through indirect demand for cement, steel and other construction materials.
- Giving an impetus to Truck transport throughout India.
The benefits that the Golden Quadrilateral offers to India is one of the main reasons why Michelle Kakade wanted to pay tribute to this great achievement for the country by running the entire Golden Quadrilateral.