Shimla: World Bank is funding 10 major road projects in Himachal worth Rs 384.63 crore. It is being done in order to strengthen the road connectivity. While presiding over a meeting called to assess the progress of World Bank funded road projects in the state here today, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal claimed that World Bank is providing liberal funding to Himachal Pradesh figure on the front of all other states.
He said World Bank is funding Rs. 384.63 Cr projects comprising Rs.139.84 crores for upgrading work, Rs. 4.13 crore on utility shifting, Rs. 7.96 crore on compensatory afforestation, Rs. 97.06 crore on periodic maintenance, Rs. 27.40 crore on consultancy services and training, Rs. 106.85 crore on land acquisition and Rs. 1.39 crore on relief and rehabilitation. World Bank is providing above amount to 480 km long 10 road projects, including 45 km each Una-Barsar and Barsar-Jahu road, 15 km Jahu-Kalkhar,39 km Ranital-Kotla, 71 km Kumarhatti Sarahan-Nahan,24 km Draman-Sihunta,26 km Bhawama-Jaisinghpur Lambgaon, 45 km Mehatpur-Una-Amb, 81 km Theog-Kotkhai-Rohru and 42 km Sarkaghat-Ghumarwin.
Chief Minister asked the officials to ensure world standard in the underway road project beside their completion in time bound manner, keeping check on quality material being used in them. Moreover, he directed the authorities to complete Rs 23.94 crore Theog-Kotkhai-Rohru road by December,2012. Chief Minster stressed the need to ensure environmental safeguards during widening of road. The road length had increased to about 31 thousand kilometers in the state and every gram panchayat had been targeted to be connected with motorable road by the year end.