The government plans to invest Rs 20,000 crore in upgrading and building the national highway network around Char Dham and Buddhist circuits. While the plan has faced a few hiccups like termination of contract for the 149 km Kannauj-Kanpur stretch of the Buddhist circuit, the two circuits together cover three states and also parts of Nepal.
The Buddhist circuit will cover Vaishali, Patna, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Kahalgaon and Vikramshila in Bihar. The national highways connecting these cities are under various stages of construction. These highways will cut across various important cities in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, thereby improving and upgrading the business activity and overall tourism in these states.