Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday laid a foundation stone for road projects amounting Rs 1983 crore at a function in state capital. Construction and up-gradation of 479 kilometers of roads across the state would be carried out with assistance of Asian Development Bank.
Speaking on this occasion, Baghel termed excellent roads an indicator of economic development of any state. With construction of roads under the project the villages and small towns would also get connectivity, he said.
The roads projects include renovation work of Bilaspur-Korba road and an administrative sanction of Rs 30 crore has been made for this purpose, he added.
Regarding pending highway projects the Chief Minister informed that he had held talks with Union Road Transport and Highway Minister who had assured of speeding up the pending road works. Baghel further stressed on timely completion of projects apart from maintaining quality in construction work.
PWD Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu speaking on this occasion stressed on the need of strengthening infrastructure for development of state.
The road projects for which foundation were laid include Tikarapara Raipur-Sejbahar-Semra-Bhakhara-Dhamtari road worth Rs 287.44 crore and road construction worth 148.76 crore in Gariaband starting from Panduka-Jatmai-Ghatarani-Gaidabri-Madeli-Mudagaon and a project worth Rs 157.37 crore in Rajnandgaon district.