If you are one among those Indians who travel a lot or among those who travel rarely, one of the sights on the roadway will make you both wonder equally. You might have wondered, why are the milestones different in color? Why does the color of the head of the milestone keep changing? Though all of it is meant to depict the traveled distance, why are the milestones head painted with different colors? Is there a logical reason behind it or is it done randomly? Well, just like you we too had the same doubt, and hence we did some research to find out the reason behind the milestones behind painted indifferent colors and feel that the reason might surprise you too. Hence, we are sharing our findings with you. Hope you will enjoy it.
Though we all know that milestones are installed at the side of the road to let us know how far are we from our destination, but many of us are unaware of the fact as to why are the heads of milestones are painted in different colors. Even when we are traveling on the same road we get to see milestones with different colors and wonder, why is it so? The reason for the different colored milestone is because of the fact that the color code for highways, like the National Highway, the State Highway and other highways are different. Yes, the national highways are depicted by a different color code than the state highway, and similarly,the state highway is depicted by a separate color code than the district or village roads. Do read on to find out which color depicts which kind of highway.
Primarily there are milestones with yellow strips, green paint on its head, black, blue or white colored milestones and also orange colored milestones. So what do they suggest?
Milestones with a Yellow strip
Whenever you come across a milestone on the side of the road with a yellow strip on its head, you have to understand that you are traveling on the national highway. It would be rather interesting for you to note that only the National Highways can be imposed with milestones which have yellow strips painted on top of it.
There are a few types of National Highways which have milestones installed with yellow strips on them. Some of them are:
National Highway(NH): National Highways are the primary source of roadways which provide connectivity to all the cities and the states of the country. The government of India through its organization National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) maintains the national highways. As per the government data, the national highway is currently over 70,000 km long, and the government is extending the highways on a daily basis.
North-South Corridor: This is also one of the types of National Highway. This national highway extends from Srinagar, Jammu (J&K) to the southernmost tip of the country – Kanyakumari. The length of this highway is estimated to be 4,000 km.
East-West Corridor: One of the national highways is also known as the East-West corridor. This national highway connects the Porbandar in Gujarat with Silchar in Assam, covering all the states from the east to the western frontier of the country. The total length of this corridor is estimated to be around 3,300 km.
Golden Quadrilateral: Currently, the Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) connects the four major metropolitan cities of the country – Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata. The length of the Golden Quadrilateral is estimated to be around 5846 km.
Milestones with Green Strip
The milestones which have green color painted on its head depicts that you are traveling on the State Highways. The milestones are painted with green color to make the people, and the authorities understand that the roads are built by the State Government,and hence the maintenance and the upkeeping of the roads needs to done by the State Government. The total length of the state highways all over the country is estimated to be around 150,000 km.
Blue, Black or white colored milestones
Whenever you get to see a milestone painted with blue, black or white color on its head, then you have to be sure that you are traveling to a big city or district. The roads are not only constructed by the city or district authorities, but they also look after the maintenance of these roads.
Orange Strips on the Milestone
The village roads have milestones installed with orange strips on its head. This orange colored strips also represent the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
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