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‘Govt focus on industrial road connectivity’

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Road Construction Department Secretary Mast Ram Meena said on Monday that the National Highways Authority (NHAI) and State government both were trying to get much awaited Ranchi-Jamshedpur road stretch constructed within mandated time of May 2018 and Ring Road phase-VII by March next year.

Counting achievements and targeted plans under Road Construction Department for current budgetary session 2017-18 which is scheduled to end on December 31 this year to pave way for a restructured financial year from January to December from 2018, Meena added that the government was working on strengthening road connectivity in potential industrial hubs and rural areas of the State.

“Roads play very important role in industrial and cultural development of any State. Be it tourism, public transportation or industrial movement, all need better road connectivity to flourish. Our prime focus as of now is to knit a road transportation net around potential industrial hubs, apart from taking roads to those rural areas where there are no roads till now,” said Meena where other officials of the department were also present.

With budgetary allocation for road construction during current financial year increased by Rs 1,000 Crores to Rs 5,000 Crores in comparison to previous year budgetary allocation for the purpose, the Department has witnessed a minor fall in expenditure by end of June, 2017 in percentage terms at 36.81 percent, which stood at 38.18 percent by end of June’ 2016.

As far as ongoing Externally Aided Project (EAP) is concerned, the Department has succeeded in getting 311 Km stretch of Govindpur-Jamtara-Sahibganj under ADB-I completed and this road of worth Rs 850 Crores which is considered lifeline for Santhal Pargana region is open for traffic now. “Under ADB-II, we have four stretches with a total length of 176.6 Km under construction. Works on all these started during March-May last year, and works are in due progress on all lanes including Dumka-Hansdiha, Pachamba-Jamua-Sarwan, Gobindpur-Tundi-Giridih and Khunti-Tamar stretches with total civil works’ cost of Rs 723.12 Crores,” said Meena. He added that process of preparation of DPR for ADB-III plan was also on.

As per data released by the Department on Monday, 26 projects with total length of 1,148.95 Km are under construction at a total cost of Rs 3,319 Crores under State Highways Authority of Jharkhand (SHAJ).  At the same time, NHAI was getting projects of a total cost of Rs 9,091 Crores constructed in the State.

“As many as 25 National Highways with total length of 2,661 Km cross through State in which the government has transferred six of them with total length of 714 Km to NHAI and rest remain with State,” said Meena.

He added that the government was very much satisfied with speed of projects under construction apart from a couple of those like Ranchi-Bokaro Dhanbad and Bokaro-Dhanbad-Jamshedpur, which demanded marathon task of land acquisition as both the projects required a total of around 4,500 Hectares of land. 




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