NEW DELHI: The road density in non-tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh crossed 68.80 km per 100 square kilometres during the year 2006, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said here while announcing the Annual Plan for the Year 2007-2008.
After a meeting with Planning Commission Chairman, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Singh informed that Rs 278 crore would be spent on strengthening of the transport sector in the state. The emphasis would be laid on completion of various ongoing road and bridge projects.
He said that 8,344 villages had been provided with road network facilities by March 31, 2006 in the state and 25,968 kilometre motorable roads, 15,657 kilometres roads with cross drainage, 14,975 kilometre metalled and tarred roads and 1,416 bridges were set up in the state by the date.
About 57.67% of the roads in Himachal Pradesh were metalled and tarred at the end of March 2006 and 29,011 kilometre road length had been created in the state.
Himachal Pradesh, according to the Chief Minister has also achieved 81.71 percent target in providing road network to the villages. The motorable road length to connect all feasible villages works out to about 30,500 kilometre while the state has already created motorable road infrastructure measuring length of 25,968 Km. Sixty-six per cent feasible villages have been provided with road connectivity in the state.