Aiming to boost the road infrastructure in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government notified 57 rural and other city roads as main district roads on Tuesday. These roads measuring 2830.36 kilometers will now be broadened and beautified on the lines of national and state highways and an estimated amount of Rs 2,657 crore has been set aside for the project.
Detailing the project on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister and PWD Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that assessing the growing volume of traffic on some urban and rural roads, it was decided to upgrade these roads as Main District Roads just like State or National Highways and broaden them by upto 7 metres so that free flow of traffic could be ensured. “In the first step in this direction, the state government has notified 57 roads across Uttar Pradesh in the said category and necessary purse was sanctioned to carry out the work at the earliest,” he said.
Maurya said that after notification of these roads measuring 2830.36 kilometers, an estimated Rs 2657 crores will be spent for broadening, beautification and better maintenance. “Earlier, roads could be repaired every four years in urban areas and every eight years in rural areas. But now a dedicated annual budget will be granted for their upkeep. Of the 57 roads, 13 were already 7 meters wide covering 606.63 kilometers and three each were in Sonebhadra and Hardoi, two each in Rae Bareli and Amethi, and one each in Mathura, Agra, Moradabad and Saharanpur,” he said.
The Deputy CM further said that among the 39 roads, some were already 7 meters wide but for broadening the remaining road, it would not be required to acquire land. These roads cover 1939.22 kilometers and of these 1355 kilometers were less than 7 meters wide which will be broadened at a cost of Rs 2168.83 crores. Three each of these roads are in Barabanki, Sultanpur, Hamirpur, two each in Jalaun, Jhansi, Mahoba, Bijnore, Bareilly, Mainpuri, Kannauj, Mainpuri/Firozabad. Remaining one road each is in Amethi, Ambedkarnagar, Ayodhya, Farrukhabad /Etah, Etah, Etah / Hathras, Agra, Mathura/Aligarh, Jaunpur, Rae Bareli, Chitrakoot, Siddharthnagar and Lalitpur.
“Among the notified roads, five were less than 7 meters wide for which land will be acquired. Two of these were in Shahjahanpur and one each in Farrukhabad, Kannauj, and Bahraich. These roads cover a distance of 285.31 kilometers out of which 257.69 kilometers was less than 7 meters wide. The construction cost on these is estimated at Rs 466.47 crores while a budget of Rs 21.83 crore was required to acquire the land. A total budget of Rs 193 crores has been released to carry out work on 44 roads. These roads comes under Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi, Sultanpur, Ayodhya, Badaun, Siddharthanagar, Saharanpur, Baghpat, Meerut, Kannauj, Jaunpur, Agra, Basti, Ghazipur, Pratapgarh, Ambedkarnagar, Rampur, Kanpur, Mathura, Moradabad, Chandauli, Kushinagar and Amroha,” the PWD minister said.