Thane, Jan 6 (UNI) Maharashtra PWD Minister Chagan Bhujbal today said the condition of roads in the backward regions of the state like Marathwada and Vidarbha could improve within the next one to one and a half years.
Mr Bhujbal was speaking at the inauguration of the multi-crore 6.1 Km bypass, connecting Mumbra to Kusa, which leads directly to Panvel, cutting short the distance by almost an hour.
Mr Bhujbal pointed out that the state on its own cannot take up major road projects. However, it is committed to provide better commuting facilities, and connect various states.
He said road projects worth Rs 5,000 crore, with 40 per cent funding from the Centre, was in progress in the state.
Maharashtra has 2.25 lakh Km of roads and its construction, repair and maintenance is an uphill task and is not viable for the state.
Hence, we have to find out some means to meet the requirement.
Speaking about giving exemption to those staying in the village and towns near Toll Naka and those who do not use the bridge, he said this demand would be looked into along with installation of lights on either side of the bypass.
Mr Bhujbal pointed out that though the construction of the bypass, which is in the hands of the Central Government, has faced many hurdles, the citizens can reap the benefits now.
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