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    By the end of this month, all National Highways (NH) across India will be renumbered, which the government claims will more scientific than now. So, the popular NH-8 connecting Delhi and Mumbai will be renumbered as NH-48 and similarly, the Kolkata-Delhi highway, which is presently NH-2, will become NH-19. Moreover, these primary corridors will also be longer.

    Sources in the road, transport and highways ministry said the final notification could happen any time and that the renumbering has already been vetted by the law ministry. "We have already circulated the details to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the state governments. So, they are in the know of this. Though it will take a couple of years for people to get accustomed to the new numbers, in the long run this will prove as a big help, more so when we are adding more stretches to the NH network,'' an official said.

    As per the detailed report, highways starting from north to south will be in even numbers and those running in the east-west direction will be in odd numbers. For example, the East-West corridor starting from Silchar in Assam and terminating in Porbandar in Gujarat will be renamed as NH-27 and the North-South corridor starting from Srinagar and terminating in Kanyakumari will be renumbered NH-44.

    Officials said that the primary NHs running along the north-south and east-west directions will be predominantly double digit for better identification by commuters. In case of NHs with even numbers, the number will increase from east to west and similarly in case of the odd number NHs, the numbers will increase from north to south.

    "The present numbering is very irrational. You have NH-10 running parallel to NH-1 and NH-58 running parallel to NH-24. The scientific numbering is more important considering the fact that now people are covering over 250 km in their cars, which was not the case earlier. We expect this to cross the 1,000 km mark. So, rational numbering will come in handy for commuters at large,'' said an official.

    However, the secondary routes will be in three digits more than 100.

    Sources said that though the renumbering is complicated and will take some time for people to get accustomed to, this has been done considering the increasing length of NHs. In fact, the NH network has increased from 21,378 km in 1947 to 70,934 km. Officials said this will cross one lakh km by 2021.

    Link -> National highway numbers to change, stretches to be longer - India - The Times of India
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    News Approved.

    This is going to be really confusing now. Renumbering of ALL the NHs across India is going to be a massive job, which will ultimately confuse us all. Not only this, I guess, everything and everybody would need to get accustomed to the new NHs! Travel books, travel websites over the internet, not to mention ALL the road signs which mention various NHs - everything would become obsolete, until revamped with these "new" numbers!

    I wonder what the National Highways, say, for instance, the NH-1 (which is perhaps one of the best National Highways we have here up North) would become after it is renumbered!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aryan View Post
    News Approved.

    This is going to be really confusing now. Renumbering of ALL the NHs across India is going to be a massive job, which will ultimately confuse us all. Not only this, I guess, everything and everybody would need to get accustomed to the new NHs! Travel books, travel websites over the internet, not to mention ALL the road signs which mention various NHs - everything would become obsolete, until revamped with these "new" numbers!

    I wonder what the National Highways, say, for instance, the NH-1 (which is perhaps one of the best National Highways we have here up North) would become after it is renumbered!
    Its a massive job alright and will take time to get used to. But how will renumbering them "scientifically" help us? all we need is just numbers for reference and I don't know why they want to change them.

    The NH-1 will be an even numbered highway and a 2 digit one I guess
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    This is news to me. We are so accustomed to the National Highway numbers that it feels awkard that they will be renumbered. For instance if someone mentions NH-17 then immediately we associates it with Goa Highway but now it won't be the same.

    Quote Originally Posted by niks_devil666 View Post
    The NH-1 will be an even numbered highway and a 2 digit one I guess
    Now NH-1 will be some highway in Arunachal Pradesh and most probably the Srinagar highway will be renamed as NH-2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MG_Biker1806 View Post
    Now NH-1 will be some highway in Arunachal Pradesh and most probably the Srinagar highway will be renamed as NH-2.
    Damn! This just keeps getting better and better! *Poof*
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    Quote Originally Posted by MG_Biker1806 View Post
    Now NH-1 will be some highway in Arunachal Pradesh and most probably the Srinagar highway will be renamed as NH-2.
    Quote Originally Posted by Aryan View Post
    Damn! This just keeps getting better and better! *Poof*
    My mistake. Reading the article make me feel that it will be double digit for important highway for better identification by commuters or whatever that was. I wonder how a two digit number is easy to identify than a single didgit. Someone please make me understand this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MG_Biker1806 View Post
    My mistake. Reading the article make me feel that it will be double digit for important highway for better identification by commuters or whatever that was. I wonder how a two digit number is easy to identify than a single didgit. Someone please make me understand this.
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    I am sorry to hear this bad news, but then heard about this speculation few year back as well when the National Highway project was started under the BJP government. But it never got materialized, as I see quite a number of problems and pot holes in between. Like our National Highway No.'s would have to be changed world wide in all website, maps and all travel guides. In India itself, the change of number would require to repaint all the existing road sign slabs as well as the road sign overhead boards. Then the whole road map of India would have to be taken out of market and then would have to be bring upon with the new NH numbers. And as per me it aint any easy task man, this would require quite an effort and planning for it to do successfully and correctly....

    Instead of spending money on renaming why cant the government construct new NHs and maintain the existing one properly

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    why dont they just follow the US' system used in numbering of Interstate Highways:

    Interstate Highway System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Makes sense to me . North-South is odd numbered and East-West is even numbered.

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    It'll take time to get accustomed to the new numbers but I feel it will be beneficial in the long run. Both in terms of maintenance of the highways and also to the commuters.
    Maintenance might be easy in a way that if some highway is referred in a report mentioning the highway number, one doesn't have to open a map and search for hours that in which part the highway is.

    Commuters might get lost while traveling and not everybody travels with a hitech GPS device or a phone with a GPS installed in his car, bike etc. to check the route every now and then.
    Worse will be at night when there won't be around to ask. Then in that case one might not get a sense of direction of which way to head when he comes to a multiple road junction; not everywhere there will be signboards mentioning the place name and mostly it'll be written in the native language which one might not understand at all or as it is India even if it is written in English, there will be some political parties banner pasted on top of it. The highway number would anyways be mentioned on the milestones every other kilometer.

    So following the number pattern of the highway one is traveling he might find the correct way or decide at least whether he is traveling in the right direction (north/south or east/west).

    I feel these are the theoretical scenarios when these new numbers might be helpful. Don't know practically how helpful it'll be though.

    I may be totally wrong on this.....
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