New Delhi: Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for 18 highway projects in Rajasthan on Thursday, 24th December. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot presided over the virtual function, which was attended by Union Ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Gen. (Retd) VK Singh, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Kailash Choudhry, former Union Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathor, former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, and several Ministers from the State, according to a statement from the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH).
These projects carry a road length of nearly 1,127 kilometres, involving a construction value of Rs. 8,341 crore. These projects are expected to ease the transportation of commercial goods within and across the state, will improve connectivity at the borders, enhance employment opportunities, save time and fuel, improve tourism and infra development, and will result in providing connectivity for agricultural produce up to larger markets.
Speaking on the occasion, Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari assured the State Government of his full support in developing the NH network in Rajasthan. He called upon Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot to forward two proposals from each MP and one proposal from each MLA from the State in this respect to him, and said he will personally get them examined for quick approval. CM Gehlot complimented Union Minister Gadkari for unprecedented initiatives in the road sector. This, he said, has changed the outlook about roads in Rajasthan.
According to the Road Transport & Highways Ministry, the Gadkari said there has been 40 percent growth in road construction in Rajasthan during the last 6 years, and the length of NH in the state stands at 10,661 km now. He said all districts of the state are connected with National Highways. He added that 186 road works of 7,906 km worth Rs. 73,583 crore were approved for the state during the last 6 years. Works on 5,154 km worth Rs. 30,000 crore were completed during this period, he said, adding that work is ongoing or is at the DPR stage for projects worth Rs. 1 lakh crore. The Ministry intends to complete 2,700 km length of NHs at a cost of Rs. 35,000 crore by the year 2021-22, whereas another 2,500 km costing Rs. 30,000 crore will be completed by the year 2023-24, he said. DPR is being prepared for other projects of 2,811 km worth Rs. 50,000 crore.
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