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Massive project on the anvil

Written by: Staff

Hyderabad, May 11 (UNI) The Central Government has taken up massive road construction project with 15 billion US dollars, according to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) member Nirmal Jit Singh.

Participating in the inaugural session of the National Seminar on road construction projects, he said keeping in view the need for nationwide connectivity and mobility, the Committee on Infrastructure chaired by the Prime Minister proposed an expanded programme for highway development.

A massive road construction plan was underway to improve the conditions of roads in the country by 2015, he added.

Mr Singh said the proposed programme for the next seven years (2005-12) included completion of Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) and North-South and East-West corridors, four-lanning of 10,000 km under National Highway Development Project (NHDP) phase-III, two-lanning of 20,000 km of National Highways under NHDP IV, Augmenting Highways in the North-East, six-lanning of selected stretches and development of 1000 km of expressways.

He said that Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) aimed at providing weather connectivity to all unconnected habitations.

An additional allocation of Rs 12,000 crores had been sanctioned under special package for the development of roads in North-East, he added.


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