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Link roads to cut short routes

Patna, Dec. 24: To achieve the NDA government’s ambitious goal of bringing the Bihar capital within six hours’ drive from anywhere in the state, the road construction department has started planning to lay link roads connecting the state and national highways.

The link roads will offer the shortest possible routes to commuters.

“I have directed the department officials to start a survey for identifying the routes of link roads to be constructed for minimising the distance between two places,” road construction department minister Nand Kishore Yadav told The Telegraph.

Yadav said the survey work for this project would be conducted soon. Efforts would be made to have the broader idea about the link roads at the earliest so that the department could estimate the volume of work to be carried out to achieve the goal. “Our goal is to have majority of these link roads in place by the end of the five-year term of the present government,” said the minister.

As things stand now, Bihar has a network of major roads measuring over 16,000km. While the length of the national highways is 3,734km, that of the state highways is 3,989km. The length of major district roads is 8,966km.

The work to keep these roads in good condition and to add more roads was started during NDA-I regime itself. Over 10,000km of roads were constructed between 2005 and 2010. Of them, 3,054km of roads were national highways and 1,807km stretch was state highways. As far as mobilising funds for constructing new state highways is concerned, the state got a $420 million soft loan from the Asian Development Bank for constructing over 800km of state highways under the Bihar State Highways Project (BSHP I). Most of the roads being constructed are in the final stage of construction.

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