CM will lay foundation stone of Rs 1,365 cr project

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Una, Jun 9 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal will lay the foundation stone of the Rs 1,365 crore World Bank funded Road Infrastructure Development project for the state here tomorrow.

The CM is scheduled to launch the project on the Una-Mehatpur state highway near Indira stadium here where he would arrive by a helicopter.

The project, being implemented by Himachal Pradesh Road and other Infrastructure Development Corporation, includes strengthening and widening of eight roads measuring 435 km to the status of a super highway in addition to repair and maintenance of 2,000 km of existing road network in the state.

The eight earmarked roads, include Mehatpur-Una-Amb 44.8 km, Una-Badsar-Jahoo-Kalkhar 106.2 km, Theog-Kotkhai-Hatkoti-Rohru 80.7 km, Sarkaghat-Ghumarwin 42 km, Ranital-Kotla 39 km, Kumharhatti-Sarahan-Nahan 72 km, Draman-Sinhuta 24 km and Bhawarna-Lambagaon 27 km.

Out of the total cost of Rs 1365 crore, the state's share would be Rs 375.4 crore, while the remaining amount of Rs 990 crore of would be in the form of World Bank loan, that includes 90 per cent grant-in-aid by the Union Government.

After the completion of the Una-Badsar road, the people of the district will have an alternate viable road for commuting to Hamirpur, Mandi and Kullu.

Later, the CM would inaugurate the newly constructed Zila Parishad Bhawan at Una, listen to public grievances at Gehra Kothi village in Kutlehar segment and lay the foundation stone of a paper mill at Gondpur village in Santokhgarh constituency.

The CM would be accompanied by PWD Minister Gulab Singh Thakur and Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur.

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