Shimla: Rs 437.71 crore were being spent on 29 road projects on national highway 70 and 88. This was stated by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal after he dedicated the newly constructed double laned motorable bridge at Hathli in Hamirpur town, constructed at a cost of Rs 1.74 crore to the residents of the district today.
He said that work on 8 projects worth Rs 79.13 crore was in progress, which included Hamirpur bye-pass being constructed at a cost of Rs 27.50 crore; double-laning of Gassour to Ghagus, Naswal (Ghumarwin) to Nihari and Dadhol to Chhaojli, being executed at a cost of Rs 14.94 crore and bridge on Baner Khad being constructed at a cost of R 7.88 crore. He said that four road projects worth Rs 7.68 crore had been completed and included the newly constructed Hathli bridge in Hamirpur town.
He also informed that work on four major projects would be started soon, which entailed budgetary provision of Rs 246.12 crore and included widening and strengthening of NH-70 state boundary to Chamukha, estimated to cost Rs 99.06 crore; Dangri to Circuit House, Hamirpur, Rs 20.97 crore, Nadaun to Rani Taal, estimated to cost Rs 70.95 crore and Ranital to Matour estimated to cost Rs 55.14 crore. He said that six more projects worth Rs 18.75 crore had been included in the annual plan for the year 2011-12.
He said that Rs 75 lakh would be spent over construction of Heera Nagar bye-pass where Rs 12.50 crore is to be spent on acquisition of land for the construction of the proposed road. He said that provision of Rs 1.00 crore had been made for land acquisition for approaches of Amb Khad, Masheh Khad, Man Khad Bridge and Sukrala Nallah; Rs 2 crore to be spent over land acquisition for approaches of Mair Khad, Rain Khad, Gasoti Khad and Hathli Khad while additionally Rs 50 lakh had been earmarked for land acquisition for approaches of Baner Khad. He said that Rs 2.00 crore would be spent on widening and strengthening of double laned Nadaun to Jalari.