September 30, 2020

Road bounty promise

Patna: Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav on Friday said work on 48 projects out of 82 have commenced and work on remaining 34 will commence this fiscal itself, which are part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar.

Of the special package announced for Bihar, Rs 54,700 crore worth of projects were related to the road sector and at present work on 48 projects are being carried out, while 10 of them are under the process of bidding. Detailed project reports are being prepared for remaining 24 projects and work on these will commence before March next year.

Yadav said: “While projects worth Rs 30,200 crore are being implemented by the National Highways Authority of India, the national highway division of the road construction department is executing projects worth Rs 24,500 crore.”

On how much of the amount had been disbursed so far, he said: “The fund is being transferred as per the progress of the different projects and so Bihar is set to witness road development projects worth Rs 54,700 crore.”

He said Bihar’s development was one of the top priorities of the Narendra Modi government. He then shared the fund flow data for road maintenance during the first four years of the Narendra Modi government and in the last four years of the previous UPA government under this head.

“The then UPA government had provided Rs 1,932 crore between 2010-11 and 2013-14 to Bihar for maintenance of national highways whereas the Narendra Modi government provided Rs 4,904 crore under this head between 2014-15 and 2017-18,” he said and added that the corresponding fund flow under the central road fund during the last four years of UPA was Rs 408 crore whereas in the four years of Narendra Modi government, the state received Rs 913 crore.

Yadav said that in addition to the special package, the Centre was helping Bihar through other road projects as well and several of the road projects were being implemented for providing better connectivity in the state.

He also shared information about some of the flyovers being built in the state for addressing the congestion issue in traffic flow and said one such flyover would come up between Anisabad and AIIMS-Patna which would allow smooth journey for those going to AIIMS for treatment. At present, patients have to go through the Phulwarisharif area, which faces traffic congestion, from Anisabad for reaching AIIMS.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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