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Government of Tamil Nadu has the unique distinction of creating a separate Highways Department as early as in 1946 exclusively to attend to roads and bridges in the State. Tamil Nadu was the forerunner in bringing out standard specifications for the roads and bridges in the year 1954. The objectives of the department are to maintain and improve the roads under the control of the Government, and to provide all weather road connectivity to rural habitations. A new post of Secretary to Government, Highways Department came into being in 1996. Minor Ports were later brought under the purview of this Department. Subsequently, this Department was renamed as Highways and Minor Ports Department.


The vision of the Highways Department is to increase the capacity, connectivity, efficiency and safety of the Highways System so as to enable balanced socio-economic development of all sections of the people and all regions of the state.


Availability of adequate and quality infrastructure is a prerequisite for rapid industrial development, which in turn leads to creation of gainful employment for the people. Increasing accessibility and connectivity within and among rural areas is an important prerequisite for rural development. Tamil Nadu is served by an extensive road network in terms of its spread and quality, providing links between urban centers, agricultural market-places and rural habitations in the countryside.

To serve our customers, the road users of Tamil Nadu by providing High Quality, Cost Effective, Environment - Friendly Road Network that is Reliable and Safe, contributing to Sustainable Economic Development and Social Well-being of the State, by applying Innovation, Best Practices, appropriate Technology and responsible Management of Internal and External Resources.



Classification Length in KMs
National Highways 4,994
State Highways 12,095
Major District Roads 11,628
Other District Roads & Sugarcane Roads 33,751
Total 62,468

Width wise details of Government Roads
Sl.No. Category wise Single Lane Intermediate Lane Double Lane Multi Lane Total
1. National Highways 13 34 2785 2142 4994
2. State Highways 32 289 9354 1089 12095
3. Major District Roads 1698 6263 3128 158 11628
4. Other District Roads 31285 2837 862 48 33751
Total 33028 9423 16129 3437 62468


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Last Updated: 20-09-2019
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