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Union minister rebuts MP

Kolaghat (East Midnapore), June 13: Union minister for roads B.C. Khanduri said today the BJP-led government at the Centre had done more to develop the national highway system in the state than any other government since Independence.

Reacting to CPM MP Lakshman Seth’s claim at the ground-breaking ceremony of the four-lane Mecheda-Haldia stretch of NH 41 — that Delhi is ignoring Bengal — Khanduri said his ministry had sanctioned Rs 2,000 crore for the development of the national highway system in the state. “We will give Bengal its dues,” Khanduri said.

“We have also sanctioned Rs 600 crore to begin work on Vivekananda Setu, the fourth bridge spanning the Hooghly in Calcutta,” he added.

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