2000 km new roads to be constructed in Bihar

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Patna, Apr 29 (UNI) In order to provide better commuting facilities and traffic system, the Bihar government has decided to widen the existing roads and construct 2000 km new roads in the current fiscal.

Bihar road construction minister Prem Kumar told UNI here today that the existing ten feet wide roads would be expanded up to 18 feet for smooth traffic.

The concerned officials and engineers had been directed to take up the construction work for widening of the roads at the earliest, he said adding 1,992 km long new roads had been selected this year for reconstruction.

Rs 1,899 crore had been earmarked for road construction in this year's budget, he informed. The government would also spend Rs 400 crore on construction of bridges in the current fiscal, he added.

The minister informed that the construction work on 820 km long highways would be taken up shortly in assistance with the Asian Development Bank(ADB). Apart from this the government had also proposed construction and repair of 826 km long state highways with the help of ADB.

He said the government had accorded top priority to the quality as well as achieving the targets within the stipulated period.

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