Rs 4500 cr road projects being launched: Charak
25 February 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Minister for Roads and Buildings Gulchain Singh Charak today said that road projects involving Rs. 4500 crore are ready to be launched in the State to connect all un-connected habitations having population of 250 souls under Bharat Nirman Programme. He said under the ambitious programme all the difficult terrains of the State would be linked with main roads to open up far-off areas for the socio-economic upliftment. He was laying foundations of two link roads at Agar Check and Fatehpur in Suchetgarh. These are 3.80 kms upgradation of old Agar Chack to Kharkhola post with an estimated cost of Rs. 1.15 crore and 3.25 kms construction of road from Fathepur Salarian to Hanshu Check at an estimated cost of Rs. 80.80 lakh under NABARD. The work on these roads started with a laying of foundation. Mr. Charak said linking up the unconnected habitations of the State will benefit the farmers community to a greater extent besides others and pave way for building public service infrastructure in these areas. He said within two years period all these road projects would be completed. The Minister said that under PMGSY 108 road projects would be taken in hand up to 31st March 2007 in Phase-IV and Rs. 514 crore are being spent on 143 new road projects in phase fifth within next 2 years. Referring to the upgradation and construction of two roads in Suchetgarh constituency Mr. Charak said that about 30,000 families would get benefited after completion of these roads and provide access to lakhs of kanals of land of farmers community alongside the road. Lauding Mr. Azad for enacting Roshni to benefit farmers, he said Chief Ministerís decision to confer ownership rights on State land to poor farmers free of cost is a great historic and revolutionary farmer's friendly gesture of Mr. Azad. Reiterating the Governmentís commitment to provide quality infrastructure Mr. Charak asked the construction agencies and concerned officers to built quality roads and added that there would be no compromise on quality of work. He warned that anyone found compromising on quality of work will be taken to task and the contractors involved in malpractices blacklisted. MLA Suchetgarh Gharu Ram also spoke on the occasion.