Shimla: Having released Rs 56 crore for carrying out immediate relief and restoration to rain damaged state road network, the state government estimated a total loss of over Rs 350 crore for damages to national and state highways; and rural roads.
Presiding over a high level meeting of road engineers and officiating bureaucrats, public works minister Thakur Gulab Singh the recent prolonged rains had affected maintenance and restoration operations of roads.
The engineers put the damages to national highways at Rs 56 crore and to other major roads at Rs 280 crores.
Thakur said that PWD department had purchased Rs 51.94 crore worth of bitumen and there were 66,727 barrels in stock which would be used for road surfacing at the earliest.
Besides the minister, JC Sharma, secretary, PWD, Pradeep Chauhan, engineer-in-chief, AK Sharma director project and other officers participated in the meeting.