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Himachal Pradesh spends Rs.384.63 crore on 10 Road Proiects says CM

Shimla: Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh was one of the front runner State where World Bank had approved ten road projects. He said that entire load transporting men and material rested exclusively upon road network and there was no other alternate facilities available in the State.Chief Minister said that Rs. 384.63 crore were spent on projects upto November, 2010 under which Rs.139.84 crores were spent on upgrading works, Rs. 4.13 crore on utlity shifting, Rs. 7.96 crore on compensatory afforestation, Rs. 97.06 crore on periodic maintenance, Rs. 27.40 crore on consultancy services and training, Rs. 106.85 crore on land acquisition and Rs. 1.39 crore on relief and rehabilitation. He was presiding meeting to review the progress of World Bank Funded Himachal Pradesh State Road Projects here today.Prof Dhumal said that the State Government had got road projects sanctioned for funding by the World Bank includes Una-Barsar, 45 kms.; Barsar¬-Jahu, 45.8 kms. Jahu-Kalkhar, 15.390 kms.; Ranital-Kotla, 39 kms.; Kumarhatti¬ Sarahan-Nahan, 71.74 kms.; Draman-Sihunta, 24 kms.; Bhawama-Jaisinghpur¬ Lambgaon, 26.28 kms.; Mehatpur-Una-Amb, 45 kms.; Theog-Kotkhai-Rohru, 81kms.; Sarkaghat- -Ghumarwin; 42 kms., thereby totalling road length of 480 kms.. He said that major road projects had been awarded for execution to multi-national road construction companies by the World Bank where quality road construction work of world standard was being ensured.He directed the departmental authorities to monitor the progress of the road projects and ensure that all such projects were completed by the targeted date. He said that the department also needed to carry regular meetings with regard to road upgradation progress. He said that strict quality control needed to be adhered to by the supervising authorities so that every penny of the public money was utilized. He said that efforts needed to be made complete all such road projects ahead of its scheduled date and dedicated to the people of the State.Chief Minister also directed the authorities to take up Theog-Kotkhai-Rohru road project on priority for completion on which Rs. 23.94 crore had already been spent and would be completed by December,2012. He also directed the authorities to ensure that in the widening process and environmental safeguards must be ensured.He said that the road length had increased to about 31 thousand kilometers in the State and every gram panchayat had been targeted to be connected with motorable road by the year end. He said that the State was upgrading its main roads to accommodate increasing pressure of vehicular traffic.

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