Una, Jun 10 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today laid the foundation stone of the HP State Roads Project estimated at Rs 1364 crore.
The project is being funded to the tune of Rs 990 crore by the World Bank, while the state government share was Rs 375 crore.
Under the project launched on the Una-Mehatpur highway near the Indira stadium eight major state highways covering a distance of 436 km would be strengthened and widened in two phases during the next 30 months.
Besides, periodic maintenance of another 2,000 km of existing road network would be done through the funds.
The roads that would be taken up for strengthening and widening were Mehatpur-Una-Amb 44.8 km, Una-Barsar-Jahoo-Kalkhar 106 km, Theog-Hatkoti-Rohroo 81 km, Sarkaghat-Ghumarwin 42 km, Ranital-Kotla 39 km, Kumarhatti-Sarahan-Nahan 72 km, Draman-Sihunta 24 km and Bhawarna-Lambagaon 27 km.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief minister said the HP State Road Project started today would use bio-engineering techniques for slope stability and that Himachal Pradesh would be the first state in the country to do so.
He said all villages in the state would be connected by road by the year 2012.
World Bank representative Hubert Nube Jusserand, who also addressed the gathering, said International Good Practices would be adopted while implementing the project.
The project, he said, would be completed as per ISO 9001 construction standards and ISO 1401 standards for Environment Management.
Besides, he said Institutional strengthening reforms and awareness on HIV-AIDS along the entire stretch of the roads being spruced up would be done as part of the project.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the newly constructed Zila Parishad building and the office of the District Panchayat Officer, on which a sum of Rs 53 lakh rupees were spent.
He also inaugurated a police residential complex near Haroli police station besides inaugurating a new look Haroli Police station.
Later, he inaugurated a newly constructed bridge over Bhadsali village in Santokhgarh segment, on which a sum of Rs 49 lakh were spent.
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