The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japanese Government are providing a cash boost to help the Indian state of Karnataka prepare a ten-year road master plan to meet the country’s needs for the next ten years.

The plan includes identifying necessary corridor routes, the estimated traffic demand over ten years and infrastructure standards for the government’s development plans.

The grant will help the state transport agencies in planning policy in addition to managing and maintaining state roads.

The project is aimed at cutting the percentage of links on the core road network – where the volume of traffic exceeds capacity – by 30% in the next five years and 70% in the next ten years.

The $1.5m will be delivered through the Japan Special Fund, financed by the Government of Japan and administered by ADB.