Chief minister Arjun Munda on Monday formally inaugurated the Rs 185.5-crore Adityapur-Kandra Road and announced a bevy of projects inspired by this four-lane and 15.3km success story.
Roads are like mirrors of development. Prosperity of a state depends on its network of quality roads. This is our objective, Munda said at the function at Jaiprakash Udyan in Adityapur. He added that his government wanted to ensure that travelling from one corner of the state to another took minimum time.
The chief minister congratulated Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited the executing agency of the Adityapur-Kandra Road for finishing maximum construction work on time. He hoped that the service lanes too would meet the April 2013 deadline.
Listing other projects, he said his government had embarked on four major road projects having a total length of 184km for an estimated budget of Rs 1,500 crore.
Apart from these four Sahebganj-Tetrapahar-Bero, Basukinath-Naunihat, Dumka-Godda and Bagri-Manatu-Patan the road construction department has decided to develop 3,000km of roads that will connect villages to block headquarters and block headquarters to district headquarters. The deadline for all is 2017.
On the Rs 1,500-crore super highway project between Ranchi and Baharagora on NH-33, the chief minister said environmental clearance had been granted. Once complete, the super highway will crunch travel time between Ranchi and Jamshedpur by less than half.
Munda also promised electricity and drinking water in every village by 2017. Where electricity cannot be reached, the government will set up solar power plants. A 100MW plant is already on anvil in West Singhbhum.
Principal secretary, (road construction) Rajbala Verma said the government had also cleared 285 bridge projects.