Road infrastructure in WB to be open to pvt sector: Minister

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Kolkata, Apr 3 (UNI) The West Bengal government is considering to throw open road infrastructure to the private sector for the overall development of the state, Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Kshiti Goswami said today.

Addressing a meeting on ''Road Infrastructure in West Bengal'' at the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry(BNCCI) here, he said opening of private sector to road infrastructure would supplement the existing budgetary resources and bring in efficiency in implementation.

''Fund required for development and maintenance of road is quite substantial. There is a wide gap between the funds currently made available and those required and therefore it is necessary to tap additional sources of financing the requirements,'' Mr Goswami observed.

He said some other states had already drawn up their policies in respect of private sector's participation in development and maintenance of road infrastructure.

Mr Goswami also informed that land acquisition problem in some places across the state was coming in the way of development of road infrastructure.

''After Singur and Nandigram, land acquisition problem is also blocking development of road infrastructure in some places like Beldanga and Shantipur and the government is compromising to some extent for the completion of the projects,'' he maintained.

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