September 28, 2020

Two-lane road connect push

Patna: The road construction department is working on a plan to provide two-lane road connectivity between sub-divisional headquarters, block headquarters and district headquarters.

The areas to be connected under this plan – to improve major district roads – have not yet been identified. But it intends to help the government achieve the goal of having a road network using which people from any part of the state can reach Patna in five to six hours.

Bihar boasts of a network of 11,145km of major district roads, which have been constructed and maintained by the road construction department.

According to the state’s administrative division, Bihar has 38 districts, divided into 101 sub-divisions and 534 blocks.

As things stand now, eight sub-divisional headquarters and 184 block headquarters need to be connected with two-lane roads according to the road construction department’s plan. While 141km of roads would have to be constructed for desired connectivity in all the eight sub-divisional headquarters, the department will need to construct around 1,200km of roads for connecting the 184 block headquarters with the two-lane road.

As over 1,300km roads need to be constructed, the department has decided to take up the work in phases.

“In the first phase, the two-lane roads would be constructed to provide desired connectivity in seven of the sub-divisional headquarters. The work would be done in case of 35 block headquarters,” road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav told The Telegraph on Monday.

The roads will be constructed in Nirmali (Supaul), Dalsingsarai (Samastipur), Patori (Samastipur), Pakridayal (East Champaran), Marhaura (Saran), Maharajganj (Siwan) and Bakhri (Begusarai).

Nand Kishore said detailed project reports were being formulated for the identified roads in the first phase for which work was likely to start next year.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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