Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Saturday directed PWD officials to expedite the ongoing projects funded by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
The timelines under phase-I of World Bank-funded projects of Hamirpur-Rath road, Gola-Shahjahanpur road, Budaun-Bilsi road (total length 211 km) have been finalised and instructions have been given that these works be completed within these timelines.
Instructions have also been issued to complete the Hamirpur-Rath road by June, 2021, and the Gola-Shahjahanpur and Budaun- Bilsi roads by November, 2021.
It may be mentioned here that under the World Bank and Asian Development Bank aided projects, 70 per cent amount of the project cost is borne by the WB/ADB as loan and 30 per cent by the state government.
The loan agreement of Rs 3,700 crore was signed in October, 2019 with the Word Bank. Out of this amount, Rs 3,100 crore has been allocated for upgradation of state highways, four works have been taken up in phase-1 of the project against which one road work has been completed and the remaining three roads are under construction.
Maurya asked the PWD officials to prepare the detailed project reports (DPRs) of six state highways (length 260 km), proposed in Phase-II of the project, on priority and obtain approvals within this financial year.
The six roads proposed in the second phase of the World Bank aided project are Hamirpur-Rath- Gursarai -Jhansi State Highway 42 (length 35 Kms), Moradabad- Haridwar-Dehradun SH- 49 (length 36 kms), Garh-Syana-Bulandshahr SH-65 (length 49.5 kms), Bahraich-Gonda-Faizabad SH-30 (length 60.1 kms), Hamirpur-Kuchesar SH-100 (length 47.5 kms) in district Gautam Buddha Nagar and Bansi-Mehdawal-Khalilabad SH-88 (length 32 kms) in Sant Kabir Nagar.
Provision of Rs 228 crore has been made for road safety works on state highways under the WB/ADB-funded projects.
The deputy chief minister said that road safety audit of state highways should be carried out and junction improvement, construction of speed table and provision of cash barriers on high embankments should be accordingly provided.
The loan agreement of Rs 2,782 crore was signed in June 2017 with the Asian Development Bank for upgradation of eight major district roads of total length 420 kms, out of which four major district roads of 220 kms length have been completed.
The Deputy Chief Minister directed officials to complete the remaining four major district roads within the prescribed time frames.
According to the information received from PWD, 88 per cent work on Hussainganj-Hathgaon-Alipur road in Fatehpur district, 71 per cent work on Kaptanganj-Hata-Rudrapur road in Deoria/Kushinagar district, 55 per cent work on Mohanlalganj-Morava road in Lucknow/Unnao district and 17 per cent work on Aliganj-Soron road in Etah/Kasganj district has been completed on the four ongoing works and construction is in progress.
The deputy chief minister said that completion of these externally-aided projects would ease traffic flow and the economy of the state would be positively and favourably affected.