New National Highway numbers

#1 Jun 3rd, 2010, 04:50
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It's really happened. The Department of Road Transport and Highways of the Govt of India has become all "logical" and introduced a new numbering system for the country's national highways.

Why?

"......existing number of National Highway does not give any indication of its location and direction. Therefore, Ministry has adopted a systematic numbering of National Highways...... It will indicate the direction of National Highways whether it is East-West or North-South and also the geographical region where it is located."

In response to the first sentence, I have to ask - It took 49 years to figure that out??!! And does it really matter / do we really care??

Anyway, for those that are interested........injaay
http://dorth.gov.in/writereaddata/su...6143316640.pdf

(Yes, I know team-bhp already had a thread up over 3 months ago, but do they have the changes or the actual official notification even now? Not. Ha! Remember you saw it here first )

The notification having been written by a bureaucrat, there is of course no indication on how the North-South or East-West system actually works . Never mind - it's not too difficult to figure out . All East-West highways now have odd numbers, starting in the North and increasing in number towards the South. In other words, the greater the latitude the smaller the NH number and vice-versa.
Similarly, all North-South highways now have even numbers, starting in the East and increasing in number towards the West. In other words, the greater the longitude the smaller the NH number and vice-versa.
(All right, don't everyone start writing in if you find examples that don't fit these formulas - when a country's triangle-shaped, there are bound to be exceptions)

For example - you go to bed one night, and somehow next morning wake up by the side of a road without the foggiest notion of where you are. BUT, there's a sign that says "NH 6", so you think to yourself - Ah, I must be on a north-south highway in the Northeast! (Easy, innit? )
Similarly, if the sign says "NH 87", you think to yourself - Ah, I must be on an east-west highway in the deep South. (I told you it was easy )

In general the major highways have single- or double-digit numbers. Offshoots of these highways have triple digits. For example, offshoots of NH 2 are numbered 102, 202, 302 and 502. Offshoots of NH 7 are numbered 107, 307, 507, 707 and 907 Offshoots of NH 15 are numbered 115, 215, 315, 415, 515 and 715 (see the pattern?). Offshoots of NH 66 are numbered 166, 366, 566, 766, 966 (not forgetting 966A and 966B ).

The new system doesn't mean that old numbers have simply been replaced with new ones. In many cases "old" highways or parts thereof have been merged and given a single new number.


I am giving a list of some of the changes below, specially those in North India. Other members might like to list changes in their regions.
(Disclaimer: This whole exercise having been done by bureaucrats who never leave their Delhi offices, there are cases where it's not clear whether some new sections run along old alignments of NHs, or have been realigned/rationalised along sections of state highways. And then there are cases where alignments shown are wrong when compared to the actual ground situation, even nonsensical . I have tried as far as my knowledge goes to sort these out, but don't be surprised while travelling if you find discrepancies)

Old - NH 1A (Uri-Baramulla-Srinagar) / NH 1D (Srinagar-Kargil-Leh)
New - NH 1 (Uri-Leh)

Old - NH 1C (Domel-Katra)
New - NH 144

Old - NH 1 (Atari-Amritsar-Jalandhar) / NH 70 (Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur-Hamirpur-Mandi) / NH 21 (Mandi-Kullu-Manali)
New - NH 3 (Atari-Manali)

Old - NH 95 (Firozpur-Ludhiana-Kharar) / NH 21 (Kharar-Chandigarh) / NH 22 (Panchkula-Shimla-Rampur-Puh and onwards)
New - NH 5 (Firozpur-Puh and onwards)
Note: official text and present ground situation are at variance.

Old - NH 21A (Pinjor-Nalagarh-Swarghat)
New - NH 105

Old - NH 21 (Kharar-Swarghat-Nauni) / SH (Nauni-Brahmpukhar) / NH 88 (Brahmpukhar-Darlaghat-Shimla)
New - NH 205 (Kharar-Shimla)

Old - NH 20 (Pathankot-Palampur-Mandi) / NH 21 (Mandi-Ghagas-Nauni)
New - NH 154 (Pathankot-Nauni)

Old - NH 10 (India/Pak border-Fazilka-Malaut) / NH 15 (Malaut-Bathinda) / NH 64 (Bathinda-Sangrur-Patiala-Zirakpur) / NH 22 (Zirakpur-Panchkula) / NH 73 (Panchkula-Shahzadpur) / NH 72 (Shahzadpur-Paonta Sahib-Dehradun-Bhaniyawala) / NH 58 (Rishikesh-Devprayag-Karnprayag-Mana)
New - NH 7 (India/Pak border-Fazilka-Mana)

Old - NH 109 (Rudraprayag-Guptkashi-Gauri Kund)
New - NH 107

Old - NH 123 (Herbertpur-Nainbagh-Barkot)
New - NH 507

Old - NH 72B (Paonta Sahib-Shilai-Tiuni-Hatkoti) - bet noone knew this NH even existed
New - NH 707

Old - NH 10 (Malaut-Sirsa-Rohtak-Delhi) / NH 24 (Delhi-Moradabad-Rampur) / NH 87 (Rampur-Rudrapur) / NH 74 (Rudrapur-Sitarganj) / NH 125 (Sitarganj-Tanakpur-Pithoragarh)
New - NH 9 (Malaut-Delhi-Pithoragarh)

Old - NH 87 (Rudrapur-Haldwani-Almora-Gairsain-Karnprayag)
New - NH 109

Old - NH 74 (Rudrapur-Kashipur) / NH 121 (Kashipur-Mohan-Thalisain-Buwakhal) / NH 119 (Buwakhal-Pauri-Shrinagar)
New - NH 309 (Rudrapur-Shrinagar)

Old - NH 108 (Gangotri-Uttarkashi-Dharasu Bend) / NH 94 (Dharasu Bend-Chamba-Rishikesh-Haridwar) / NH 74 (Haridwar-Najibabad) / NH 119 (Najibabad-Bijnor-Meerut) / NH 58 (Meerut-Ghaziabad) / NH 91 (Ghaziabad-Aligarh-Kannauj-Kanpur) / NH 86 (Kanpur-Hamirpur-Hirapur) / NH 12A (Hirapur-Damoh-Jabalpur) / NH 7 (Jabalpur-Lakhnadon)
New - NH 34 (Gangotri-Lakhnadon)

Old - NH 94 (Dharasu Bend-Barkot-Jankichatti)
New - NH 134

Old - NH 58 (Haridwar-Muzaffarnagar-Meerut) / NH 235 (Meerut-Hapur-Bulandshahar)
New - NH 334 (Haridwar-Bulandshahar)

Old - NH 119 (Najibabad-Satpuli-Buwakhal)
New - NH 534

Old - NH 74 (Najibabad-Nagina-Kashipur)
New - NH 734

Old - NH 2 (Delhi-Agra-Kanpur-Varanasi-Aurangabad-Asansol-Kolkata)
New - NH 19


The four longest as far as I can see:

Old - NH 8B (Porbandar-Rajkot-Bamanbor) / NH 8A (Bamanbor-Morvi-Samakhiali) / NH 15 (Samakhiali-Radhanpur) / NH 14 (Radhanpur-Palanpur-Pindwara) / NH 76 (Pindwara-Udaipur-Kota-Shivpuri) / NH 25 (Shivpuri-Jhansi-Kanpur-Lucknow) / NH 28 (Lucknow-Faizabad-Gorakhpur-Muzaffarpur) / NH 57 (Muzaffarpur-Darbhanga-Forbesganj-Purnia) / NH 31 (Purnia-Dalkola-Shiliguri) / NH 31D (Shiliguri-Jalpaiguri-Salsalabari) / NH 31C (Alipurduar-Bongaigaon-Bijni) / NH 31 (Bijni-Nalbari-Guwahati) / NH 37 (Guwahati-Nagaon) / NH 36 (Nagaon-Dabaka) / NH 54 (Dabaka-Haflong-Silchar)
New - NH 27 (Porbandar-Silchar)

Old - NH 1A (Srinagar-Jammu-Pathankot-Jalandhar) / NH 1 (Jalandhar-Ambala-Delhi) / NH 2 (Delhi-Agra) / NH 3 (Agra-Gwalior) / NH 75 (Gwalior-Datia-Jhansi) / NH 26 (Jhansi-Sagar-Lakhnadon) / NH 7 (Lakhnadon-Nagpur-Adilabad-Hyderabad--Bengaluru-Salem-Madurai-Kanyakumari)
New - NH 44 (Srinagar-Kanyakumari) - "Kashmir to Kanyakumari" now has a road to its name

Old - NH 8 (Delhi-Jaipur Byepass-Udaipur-Ahmedabad-Ankleshwar-Mumbai) / NH 4 (Thane-Pune-Kolhapur-Hubli-Bengaluru) / NH 7 (Bengaluru-Krishnagiri) / NH 46 (Krishnagiri-Vellore-Ranipet) / NH 4 (Ranipet-Chennai)
New - NH 48 (Delhi-Chennai)

Old - NH 71 (Sangrur-Narwana) / NH 65 (Narwana-Hisar-Fatehpur) / NH 11 (Fatehpur-Sikar-Jaipur) / NH 12 (Jaipur-Tonk-Kota-Biaora) / NH 3 (Biaora-Indore-Dhule) / NH 211 (Dhule-Aurangabad-Osmanabad--Solapur) / NH 13 (Solapur-Bijapur) / NH 218 (Bijapur-Hubli) / NH 63 (Hubli-Ankola)
New - NH 52 (Sangrur-Ankola)


P.S. Even with all the route rationalisation and avoidance of double-numbering a fresh start offered, the bureaucrats have still managed to double-number at least 3 stretches that I've noticed. There may be a few more.
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That is very interesting, thanks for explaining the new Indian system, lets hope it doesn't cause too much confusion.

For the geeks among you, the road system in England is based on the major roads radiating out of London, which are given short numbers eg A1 heading North and A3 heading South West and A4 heading West.

Each big road heading clockwise off those radial roads (ie turning right as you head away from London) is given the next number in sequence, so if you leave London on the A3, you will see turnings for the A31, then the A32 etc.

If you took the A31 the first major turning off should be the A311, and the first turning off the A311 should be the A3111.

Smaller roads have the prefix B.
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Thanks for the info
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A few more of interest:

Old - NH 228 (Ahmedabad-Dandi) - Dandi Heritage route
New - NH 64

Old - NH 223 (The Andaman Trunk Road)
New - NH 4 (Mayabandar-Port-Blair-Chiriya Tapu)

Old - NH 31 (Shiliguri-Sivok) / NH 31A (Sivok-Rangpo-Gangtok)
New - NH 10 (Shiliguri-Gangtok)

Old - NH 38 (Makum-Ledo) / NH 153 (Ledo-Lekhapani-Pangsu pass - the old Stillwell Road)
New - NH 315 (Makum-Pangsu pass)

Old - NH 229 (Tawang-Bomdila-Seppa-Ziro-Daporijo-Aalo-Ranaghat) - bet noone knew of this NH either / NH 52 (Ranaghat-Roing-Tezu-Parshuram Kund-Wakro
New - NH 13 (Tawang-Wakro)

Here's one in the North I missed earlier:
Old - NH 72 (Ambala-Shahzadpur) / NH 73 (Shahzadpur-Yamunanagar-Saharanpur-Roorkee)
New - NH 344 (Ambala-Roorkee)



Related links:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...ow/5585374.cms
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...es-longer.html
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I used to take the NH 8 to office till yesterday. Where will it lead me to henceforth ?
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What about East-West bound traffic on North-South highways (and vice versa)? Will they stop now?
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Dilliwala Ji ---

First, thanks for the very informative post. Indeed, you did hard work to organize a large block of information.

Second, it will probably take another 49 years to install new signs displaying these numbers on the roads. No doubt, new maps will have this scheme; however, if roads are not sufficiently marked, a traveller may not find his way despite having a new map in hand. Perhaps to a lesser degree!

Bottom line, this is progress, however, without road signs it is difficult to navigate.
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post That is very interesting, thanks for explaining the new Indian system,.....
I'd have thought one of the desi roadies would be the first to respond, but no, it had to be a public works engineer. How appropriate.

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...... lets hope it doesn't cause too much confusion.
It'll be chaos - in other words, in statu quo ante.

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........so if you leave London on the A3, you will see turnings for the A31, then the A32 etc.
I think something similar has been attempted here with the offshoots I mentioned. Seems incongruous though in such a long country. E.g. the new NH 44 runs the length of the country, two of its offshoots are NH 244 and NH 944. 244 is in the far north, 944 is almost at the southern tip of the mainland - their starting points are 3000 km apart.

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Originally Posted by jusmail View Post Thanks for the info
You're welcome.

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Originally Posted by KABAARY View Post I used to take the NH 8 to office till yesterday. Where will it lead me to henceforth ?
a) Correction - you used to take NH 8 to office till 4th March. The day after, everything changed.

b) If you click on the link given in #1, all will be revealed.
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Ok, let's see now - NH 8, NH 8........ Ah yes - Karimganj-Patharkandi-Ambasa-Agartala-Udaipur-Sabrum-India/Bangla border.

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Originally Posted by suricate View Post What about East-West bound traffic on North-South highways (and vice versa)? Will they stop now?
You mean people going the wrong way? Not a chance!

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Originally Posted by professorm View Post .....it will probably take another 49 years to install new signs displaying these numbers on the roads. No doubt, new maps will have this scheme; however, if roads are not sufficiently marked, a traveller may not find his way despite having a new map in hand. Perhaps to a lesser degree!

Bottom line, this is progress, however, without road signs it is difficult to navigate.
Here's the thing - most Indians didn't care (about highway numbers) in the past, and most won't care in future either. As long as the towns and villages don't get moved . Because that's how most desis navigate - from one place to another etc.

Frankly it IS easier to navigate if the roads are numbered IMO, if for no other reason that one has SOME idea of what kind of road to expect (still plenty of room for surprises though - both kinds ).
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post All East-West highways now have odd numbers, starting in the North and increasing in number towards the South. In other words, the greater the latitude the smaller the NH number and vice-versa.
Similarly, all North-South highways now have even numbers, starting in the East and increasing in number towards the West. In other words, the greater the longitude the smaller the NH number and vice-versa.
This system seems very similar to US Interstate Numbering System. Except there (in the US), E-W interstates are all Even Nos (Nos increasing as you go northwards) and the N-S Interstates are Odd nos (nos increasing Eastwards)

And the subsidiary raods, by-pass loops around metros, beltways etc. are numbered as say nII, i.e. for e.g. 180, 280 etc for by-passes, beltways around I-80.

PS: So, basically a copy of the US system, except maybe the bureaucrats inter-changed the Even/Odd nos ... so the Leftists/Marxists here don't make a huge fuss, that we have become US Chamchaas.
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A very stupid idea, there was no need for it. Main highway numbers are known widely in local regions they pass through and ther eis no point in change. But such changes are common in India, maybe they are surrogates for any real achievements

In Delhi, Rajiv Chowk is still known as Connaught Place, or in Hubli NH4 is still known as Poona-Bangalore Road, and so on. In any case, the real users of our highways are truckers who wouldn't care what or how highways are numbered, does not serve any purpose.

For someone who has travelled almost all of India's highways and remember most of the numbers, I am bemused as to what the purpose of the new numbering system is or how it is going to simplify or make anything different. Except that iconic highways like NH1 (Pak border-Delhi), NH2 (Delhi-Kolkata) or NH7 (Varanasi-Kanyakumari) will now be consigned to the dust bin.
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It might just be me but even after travelling since ages, I am not aware of highway numbers apart from those memorised by observation, and it has never really been required. So as far as I am concerned, change it to whatever. Anyway, this is a good info that I had always overlooked Dilliwala, thanks. Hopefully, I will be aware of at least three numbers soon enough if I try hard.
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My point exactly - I think we all care more that the roads be in excellent condition, rather than what their designators are.
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UK has, at last, decided to harmonise with the rest of Europe by adopting driving
on the right-hand side of the road.

To ease the transformation process, it has been decided to do this in phases.

As of next Friday, lorries and heavy vehicles will make the change. This will be followed
by buses and other public transport, except in designated bus lanes in certain cities, which
will continue to be left-hand. It is hoped that the change for the remaining private vehicles
will be completed by the end of the year.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post UK has, at last, decided to harmonise with the rest of Europe by adopting driving
on the right-hand side of the road.

To ease the transformation process, it has been decided to do this in phases.

As of next Friday, lorries and heavy vehicles will make the change. This will be followed
by buses and other public transport, except in designated bus lanes in certain cities, which
will continue to be left-hand. It is hoped that the change for the remaining private vehicles
will be completed by the end of the year.
What about all the cars with Right hand drive...?

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