We take roads for granted. But only when you have to cut through a
jungle or wade through the waters do you realize the beauty of a well
laid out road, stretching itself out before you.
The ‘thread that binds the nation together’. This is truly a deserving
metaphor for a road network that is one of the largest in the world.
Its grand system of national highways, state highways and the roads
that run endlessly within cities. Even the little by lanes which is
most metros have become parking space! The statistics are impressive:
about 34,608 km of national highways, 128,622 km of state highways,
and an informal network of about 2,737,080 km, the total exceeding
3.01 million kilometres. Looking at these numbers one would almost
think the whole country is paved and ready to be driven on!
Dust suppression of roadways is about safety as much as it is about
conforming to environmental standards. Think of the dust that can be
generated from road-shoulders on a windy day.