Rural roads worth Rs 243 crore cleared – Himachal PWD Minister

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Shimla: The Himachal government has cleared 194 road making projects involving an investment of over Rs 243 crores under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, Gulab Singh Thakur, Public Work Department Minister disclosed today.

The program involves providing connectivity to all villages having a population of over 250 persons, a norm specifically included for hill societies under the centrally funded scheme.

These roads would provide connectivity to 203 habitations and would involve construction of 609 kms of road length, stated the minister.

To speed up road construction, the state government had paid Rs 15 crore as net present value to forest department for permitting construction of 83 roads.

Work on 196 other roads requires an additional Rs 40 crore deposit with forest department before construction can start, said Gulab Singh.

The state was committed to connect all habitations with a population of 250 under the scheme by 2012.

Trying other road building materials, on a pilot basis the department was using plastic waste after mixing it with bitumen for tarring of roads.

The meeting that cleared the road project was attended by PC Kapoor, principal secretary PWD, Arun Mahajan, engineer-in-chief, Arun Sharma and Pradeep Chauhan, chef engineers and other senior officers.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

3 Comments

  • mera naam jatinder singh hai.
    main vill. papahan p/o jhonkaratial teh jawali distt kangra h.p ka rehne bala hoon. sir hamaare gram ke road ki halat bahut he kharab hai.yeh hamesha se he andekhi ka shikar raha hai. Is raaste ki lambai 2km. hai aur raste ke dono sides main approximately 2500 ki abaadi rehti hai. iska naap-naapaai,estimate sab kush ho chuka hai. ek baar soling bhi padh chuki hai. lekin bhari vahano ki abazaahi se vo soling bhi ukhar chuki hai. gamb ki janata pareshan aur dukhi hai. humaari aaj tak kisi ne koi sudh nahi li hai.barsaat ke dino main hame raast se nahi balki kheton se jaana padta hai kyonki raaste main vahut he jyada kicher hota hai. is sarkar se hame vahut he aashayen thi lekin 4 saal beet jaane ke baad hamaari aashayen dhumil ho gay hai. aapse haamaari vinamar prarthana hai ki aap jaldi se hamaare raaste ko pakka karva den . hum sabhi gram bale aapka hamesha danyabaadi rahenge.
    thank you sir.
    jatinder singh.

  • No high expectations. Let this army of engineers first travel on Theog-Rohru road in their personal cars and NOT in sarkari luxery vehicles and then feel the ground realities.

    They are the one responsible for increasing the miseries of people living around this road and equally responsible for ruining the tourism of this hill state.

    Every tourist who visits Shimla has a desire to visit Kufri too which being a famous tourist spot. When this neck breaking task is undertaken, he vows never to visit Himachal again. Taxi owner,whatever earns on Kufri sight seeing gives it to the auto workshop in the evening.

    Wonder, do this army of ‘engineers’ not feel ashamed at least once a month at the time of drawing their fat salary?

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