Grand Trunk Road to be part of NH 44

The Grand Trunk Road or National Highway Number 1 will now be a part of the country's longest stretch of primary route rechristened as National Highway 44 , according to a fresh government notification that also gives the states the new names for all the highways.

The new NH 44 runs from Srinagar to Kanyakumari, eating up the old NH 1, 1A, 2, 3, 26, 75 and 7. The longest East-West stretch is the new NH 27, from Silchar to Porbandar.

The fresh notification gives a list of the new numbers of National Highways corresponding to the old numbers.

The ministry had on March 5, 2010 issued a notification that gave out a list of new NH numbers along with the routes. The notification was sent to all the states but the entire exercise was rendered useless as the list did not have details of the corresponding old NH numbers.

The resultant confusion forced the ministry not to bring out the new numbers in public domain.

"That notification was more or less kept in abeyance though I am not sure if it was officially withdrawn or not," said Kamlesh Kumar, Additional Director General in the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways.

The official websites of the ministry as also the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) have continued to post the old numbers. "It will take many years before the new numbers are registered in public memory. As a result we decided to issue a fresh notification with the old and new numbers and these can be used together till the new numbers are widely known," explained Kumar.

Last year, the Government of India decided to renumber the National Highways across the country following the recommendations of a committee set up in 2009.

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