Centre okays Rs 372 crore road projects for Haryana

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Chandigarh, Nov 1 (UNI) The Union ministry for Rural Development has sanctioned 67 road projects involving a sum of Rs 372 crore under Bharat Nirman Scheme in Haryana, to be completed by the December-end next year, Haryana PWD B&R Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav said.

About 700 km roads would be widened and strengthened under the project besides one new road would be constructed to connect village Dabkoli Khurd in Karnal district, he said adding that the projects would benefit most of the districts in the state.

Capt Yadav said that he had recently met Union Minister for Rural Development, Dr. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and urged him for early sanctioning of road projects.

He further said that Haryana was the only State in the country which had achieved more than 70 per cent target of the Bharat Nirman project. Quality control measures were being taken on all these roads to ensure good quality works, he added.

He said that maintenance for 5 years after upgradation would also be packaged along with construction which would cost another Rs 18 crore.

He said that to insulate the contractors from the volatile prices of bitumen, the contracts for these roads would include clauses to compensate for the fluctuation in bitumen price.

The Haryana government would bear the cost of the price escalation for the bitumen, he added.

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