‘Govt spent ₹9K cr to spruceup road network since 2017’

  • | Monday | 4th December, 2023

Lucknow: To boost economic development, the state government has pumped in Rs 9,000 crore to augment road network in the last six and a half years, officials said.A senior government official said that two-lane connectivity would be provided between 179 government buildings to ensure that people looking to get their works done in government departments could commute easily.At least 26 sub-divisional (tehsil) headquarters and 153 block headquarters have been identified in the initial phase, he added.The officer said that with the budget of Rs 2,653 crore, 1,617 km of road network would be spruced up to improve connectivity between government offices.At least 25 locations which connect Uttar Pradesh to neighbouring states and Nepal will also be improved facilitate easy commutation of heavy motor vehicles. Total 94 such routes have been identified under the programme and 1,126 km of road network has to be spruced up with a budget of Rs 2,171 crore, he said.Road medians, dividers and paved shoulders are being provided alongside the carriageways in border towns which already have two-lane connectivity.There are 1,928 villages having population of over 250 which do not have road connectivity as long as distance between two villages is 5km. Single lane road is provided in such parts.Work will begin on 2,107km of rural roads with a budget of Rs 1,679 crore.PWD minister Jitin Prasada said that regular monitoring was being carried out by the headquarters and action would be taken against lax officials.Work on 5,000 km of new roads has been sanctioned during the last six and a half years of the tenure of Yogi Adityanath. Thousands of stretches of roads were renovated during this period, he added.We also published the following articles recentlyMMC razes 4 buildings that impeded road work at VascoThe Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) demolished four structures in Sainagar and Fakirgalli in Vasco which were impeding road construction. The houses had received notices from the municipal authority. The road is being constructed to provide better connectivity and infrastructure for the residents of Sainagar and Fakirgalli. Vasco MLA Krishna Salkar is working towards removing encroachments and improving road connectivity in the area.Tepid response to TDR scheme for Katraj-Kondhwa Road workThe road widening work on Katraj-Kondhwa Road in Pune has hit a roadblock due to the tepid response to PMCs special scheme to fast-track transferable development right (TDR) proposals for land acquisition. The PMC has managed to acquire only 1.60 lakh square metres of the required 2.88 lakh square metres of land, leaving 80,000 square metres yet to be acquired. The projects completion has been delayed, causing traffic congestion on the stretch. PMC officials are focusing on acquiring big land parcels and aim to complete the widening works by March 2023.41 died in road accidents every month in Nagpur rural last yearNagpur rural district in Maharashtra had 41 deaths per month in 492 road accidents in 2022. Pune rural had the highest number of deaths with 923, followed by Nashik rural (912) and Ahmednagar (841). Nagpur rural saw a decrease in fatal accidents this year due to anti-traffic violation efforts by SP Harssh A Poddar. The police mapped accident clusters and implemented mitigation measures in 16 spots. The age group of 18-35 accounted for 327 deaths. Poor illumination, bad roads, and faulty alignments were reported to government agencies. Most deaths occurred between 3pm and 9pm.

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