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Centre will invest Rs. 50K crore for improving transport system : Gadkari

Jamshedpur, Jan. 27: Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that the Union government will invest Rs 50,000 crore in Jharkhand by December 2016 provided the state government prepares and submits a proper DPR.

This huge investment will bring jobs for 4 lakh youths of the state, which would make Jharkhand grow by leaps and bounds.

Addressing a gathering after laying foundation stone for Rs 1000-crore 72-km-long Mohulia-Baharagora four-lane project from East Singhbhum in Jharkhand to Bengal border on NH-33 and NH-6 at the Football Maidan in Moubhandar, Ghatshila, some 40 kms from the steel city on Wednesday, Gadkari said, “Chief Minister Raghubar Das had expressed his concerns over the deteriorating condition of roads in Jharkhand at the first meeting with me after he assumed office.

Roads are an essential part of the development of the state and bring in huge investments and the Narendra Modi-led government is fully focused on building a road network all over the country.”

“It is a historic moment for the state. Roads are like mirror of development for any state. Progress of any state depends on the network of the quality roads in the state. Therefore, we are working hard to construct world class roads in different parts of the country,” the Union minister remarked.

Gadkari further said the central government has taken Jharkhand on a priority basis and assured that the development will reach the last people of the state.

The Union minister noted that there is only 2661 km national highway in Jharkhand, which would be increased to 5300 km, thereby ensuring the development of the state. “When I assumed office, the total length of NH in India was 96000 km and by building 18 km NH every day we have a set a target of 48 lakh km national highway in India.

Already we have placed orders for 95000 lakh tones of cement at Rs 120 per bag, which would not only bring down cost of construction, but also improve the quality of roads,” Gadkari told the nearly 5000-strong crowd present at the venue.

“I will be coming to Jharkhand in a month’s time along with Prime Minister to lay foundation stone for state-of-the-art bridge with four lanes over the Ganga in Sahebganj along with a Rs 500-crore multi-model water port in Sahebganj, where projects worth Rs 2,500 crore will initiated,” he said divulging the government’s proposal to develop Sahebganj as a smart city. Gadkari also proposed a multi-model transport hub there with facilities of inland waterways through Ganga.

He promised to carry forward several projects for nation building. Gadkari further said that a waterways port hub at Sahebganj will be amongst three such hubs planned across the country (the other two being Haldia in Bengal and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh).

“It is our ambitious project and we are looking forward to make it a success. The water port on river Ganga at Sahebganj will accelerate import and export of goods between India and Bangladesh and we are soon going to sign an agreement with Bangladesh government on this front. The Union ministry also has plans to make Sahebganj as a smart and clean city after developing it into multi-modal hub,” Gadkari added.

The Union minister accepted the Chief Minister’s request for enhancing length of the national highways passing through Jharkhand.

“I accept Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das statement that merely 2661 km of NH is quite less for the state. I announce of increasing NH length from existing 2661 km to 5300 km after going through the proposal submitted by the state government,” the Union minister said.

In India, 5 lakh accidents happen every year killing as many as 1.5 lakh people, as against only one casualty in Sweden in every year. Therefore, the minister suggested that roads in India would be built by cement to make them stronger.

“Only money can’t help in development of a state or a country, one must have a vision and willpower, said Gadkari, adding, “Raghubar government is on the right track and has taken steps for the development of the state.”
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Raghubar Das described the occasion as historic not only for Ghatshila, but for entire Jharkhand. Roads are the life line of states and Gadkari has shown much affection towards Jharkhand, he said.

Jamshedpur MP Vidhut Varan Mahato said National Highway-33 has become a death trap and with Union minister taking initiatives soon the NH passing through Jharkhand will be on the lines of other developed states. “Nitin Gadkari has also taken serious interest on the accidents issues and accepted the proposal for four ambulances on 72 KM highway,” he said.

Meanwhile, state road construction department principal secretary Rajbala Verma announced on behalf of the state Das that the state would be submitting detailed project reports (DPRs) worth Rs 30,000 crore to the Union government within March.

Earlier, Das, who accompanied the Union minister, requested the Centre to accept his government’s proposal for increasing length of national highways passing through the state from 2661 km to more than 4000 km.

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