Centre asks states to award smaller projects in Naxal areas

Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 22:13

New Delhi: In a bid to fast-track road projects in Naxal-hit areas, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has asked states to consider awarding contracts for smaller stretches of highways there.

The direction comes in the wake of road building projects of over 1,000 km in extremist-hit areas not making any progress.

New Delhi: In a bid to fast-track road projects in Naxal-hit areas, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has asked states to consider awarding contracts for smaller stretches of highways there.

The direction comes in the wake of road building projects of over 1,000 km in extremist-hit areas not making any progress.

These states also include Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
However, the progress has been extremely slow owing to a number of factors, including poor law and order situation.

Meanwhile, the government has set a target of building 1,200 km this year in the naxal hit areas, while it completed 1,000 km in 2011-12 and 254 km in 2010-11 in such areas.

As per sources, the government has been able to spend only Rs 2,132 crore out of Rs 7,300 crore earmarked for this programme so far.

The physical progress, sources said, was 1,811 km till June this year. The project is likely to be completed now by March, 2015.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 22:01

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