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IRC(Indian Roads Congress) has classified the roads in the India in the following 5 categories:
(a) National Highways
(b) State Highways
(c) Major District Roads
(d) Other District Roads
(e) Village Roads
- National Highways(NH): National highways are the major arterial roads spanning in the length and breadth of the country and connects the Capital to the various state capitals of the country or with the neighboring countries.
- State Highways(SH): State highways are the roads which connect the state capital to other states and to the district headquarters in the state. They have design specifications similar to those of the National Highways because they carry enough traffic.
- Major District Roads(MDR): These roads connect the district headquarters to the main town centers in the district, and to the headquarters of the other districts also. They also connect these major town centers to the other state highways of importance. They have lower design specifications as compared to the NH and SH.
- Other district roads(ODR): These roads connect the rural areas town centers to the major district roads of higher importance.They provide the facilities for the transportation of the raw materials or the goods mainly of agricultural products from the rural towns to the higher markets and vice-versa.
- Village Roads(VR): These roads connect the rural villages with one another and to the nearest higher level road or to the nearest town center. They have lower design specifications and many of them are not even metaled.