Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Center Promises for Khurdha-Balangir NH-224 Road

State lays roadmap for 1,000 km double lane
The New Indian Express, Wednesday May 23 2007 12:07 IST

BHUBANESWAR: More than 1,000 km of National Highway of the State, which are either one lane or intermediate lane, will be improved to double lane in the fourth phase of the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP).

Union Road Transport and Highway Secretary Vijay Singh, who is on a visit to the State, informed this to Works Minister A.U Singhdeo here on Tuesday.

The State will get Rs 2,200 crore under NHDP over a period of five years. A mechanism will be put in place to spend Rs 480 crore annually for development of National Highways. Presently, the State is receiving Rs 80 crore from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

The Minister proposed to convert 660 km of single lane and 461 km of intermediate-lane into double lane. Singh said the proposed National Highways will be taken up in the fourth phase of NHDP.

Responding to the Minister’s concern on the slow progress of the Khurda-Balangir NH-224, the Union Secretary said Rs 76 crore was allotted for the NH in 2006-07 and the required amount will be made available in the current year.

The Naranpur-Harichandanpur-Bamnipal road has been approved by the Eleventh Finance Commission and Rs 40 crore has been sanctioned for the project. Singhdeo called for urgent repair of the Panikoili-Rajamunda NH-215 and Kanaktara-Chandikhole NH-210.

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