In the month of April 1946, a distinct Highways Department (HD) was set up in the state of Tamil Nadu. Subsequently, on October 30, 2008, the name of the organization was changed to the Highways and Minor Ports Department (HMPD).
The Highways and Minor Ports Department of Tamil Nadu runs its operations with the help of its 7 divisions and they are the following:
- Construction and Maintenance Wing
- National Highways Wing
- Projects Wing
- NABARD and Rural Roads Wing
- Tamil Nadu Road Sector Project Wing
- Metro Wing
- Investigation and Designs Wing
About Tamil Nadu Roadways Network
As on March 30 2010, the state is home to a roadways network spanning 199,040 km. The different categories of roads along with their spans are listed below:
|Roadways Network in Tamil Nadu|
|Important district roads||11288|
|Panchayat roads and other departments roads||1,37,399|
|Sugarcane roads and other district roads||36096|
|Breadth wise information about the Government Roads (As on March 31, 2010)|
|Category wise||Intermediate lane||Single lane||Multi lane||Double lane||Total|
|Important district roads||3894||4170||115||3109||11288|
|Sugarcane roads and other district roads||2292||32825||31||948||36096|
The Tamil Nadu Road Sector Project division of the HMPD takes up the improvement, passage, and maintenance activities on district roads, village roads, and state highways and it gets financing from the World Bank.
The national highways in Tamil Nadu join important harbors, capitals of the state, big manufacturing hubs and tourist destinations. There are 25 National Highways in the state of Tamil Nadu and out of them 12 National Highways have their limits within the state. Given below are the names of the various national highways in Tamil Nadu:
- NH 207, NH 67, NH 209 - Join Tamil Nadu with Karnataka.
- NH 49, NH 47, NH 220, NH 208 - Join Tamil Nadu with Kerala.
- NH 4 - Joins Tamil Nadu with Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh.
- NH 219, NH 205, and NH 234 - Join Tamil Nadu with the state of Andhra Pradesh.
- NH 7 - Joins Tamil Nadu with Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
- NH 5 - Joins Tamil Nadu with Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.
- NH 66 - Joins Tamil Nadu with Pondicherry and Karnataka.
The State Highways in Tamil Nadu join major towns, district headquarters, and the National Highways in Tamil Nadu and bordering states. The State Highways Network can be divided into seven circles - Villupuram, Chennai, Trichy, Madurai, Thirunelveli, Coimbatore, and Salem. Given below are the names of the State Highways in Tamil Nadu:
SH-1, SH 2, SH 3, SH-4, SH-5, SH-6, SH-6A, SH-7, SH-8, SH-9, SH-10, SH-11, SH-12, SH-13, SH-14, SH-15, SH-16, SH-17, SH-18, SH-19, SH-20, SH-21, SH-22, SH-23, SH-24, SH-25, SH-26, SH-27, SH-28, SH-29, SH-30, SH-31, SH-32, SH-33, SH-34, SH-35, SH-36, SH-37, SH-38, SH-39, SH-40, SH-41, SH-42, SH-43, SH-44, SH-45, SH-46, SH-47, SH-48, SH-49, SH-50, SH-51, SH-52, SH-53, SH-54, SH-55, SH-56, SH-57, SH-58, SH-59, SH-60, SH-60A, SH-61, SH-62, SH-63, SH-64, SH-65, SH-66, SH-67, SH-68, SH-69, SH-70, SH-71, SH-72, SH-73, SH-74, SH-75, SH-76, SH-77, SH-78, SH-79, SH-79A, SH-80, SH-81, SH-82, SH-83, SH-83A, SH-84, SH-84A, SH-84B, SH-85, SH-86, SH-86A, SH-87, SH-88, SH-89, SH-90, SH-91, SH-92, SH-93, SH-94, SH-95, SH-96, SH-97, SH-98, SH-99, SH-100, SH-101, SH-102, SH-103, SH-104, SH-105, SH-106, SH-107, SH-108, SH-109, SH-110, SH-111, SH-112, SH-113, SH-114, SH-115, SH-116, SH-117, SH-118, SH-119, SH-120, SH-121, SH-122, SH-123, SH-124, SH-125, SH-126, SH-127, SH-128, SH-129, SH-130, SH-131, SH-132, SH-133, SH-134, SH-135, SH-136, SH-137, SH-138, SH-139, SH-140, SH-141, SH-142, SH-143, SH-144, SH-145, SH-146, SH-147, SH-148, SH-149, SH-150, SH-151, SH-152, SH-153, SH-154, SH-155, SH- 156, SH-157, SH-158, SH-159, SH-160, SH-161, SH-162, SH-163, SH-164, SH-165, SH-166, SH-167, SH-168, SH-169, SH-170, SH-171, SH-172, SH-173, SH-174, SH-175, SH-176, SH-177, SH-178, SH-179, SH-180, SH-181, SH-182, SH-183, SH-184, SH-185, SH-186, SH-187, SH-188, SH-189, SH-190, SH-191, SH-192, SH-193, SH-194, SH-195, SH-196, SH-197, SH-198, SH-199, SH-200, SH-201, SH-202, SH-203, SH-204, SH-205, SH-206, and SH-207.
Last Updated on : September 17, 2015