Ranchi, Aug. 16: Chief minister Hemant Soren today approved upgrade of five roads and construction of six bypasses with the help of Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The total cost of the projects, which will be over 300km in length, will be Rs 2,297 crore.
The stretches include Dumka-Hansdiha till Bihar border, Giridih-Jamua-Chatro road, Sahebganj-Taljhari-Teenpahad-Borio road, Khunti-Tamar road and Govindpur-Tundi-Giridih road. The six bypasses will come up along the main towns of Chaibasa (district and commissionary headquarters of West Singhbhum and Kolhan, respectively), Lohardaga, Godda, Pakur, Khunti and Giridih.
According to road construction department officials, work will be undertaken under the second phase of Asian Development Bank-sponsored projects. “The Asian Development Bank has agreed to fund the projects. In the first phase, the state is already executing Govindpur-Dumka-Jamtara-Sahebganj road revamp,” said an engineer.
Now, an approval from the state Cabinet is needed. Details will be sent for the Union government’s approval later.
This means the projects are not likely to start this fiscal. Authorities are hopeful of budgetary allocations in the next financial year.
Senior IAS officer Sukhdev Singh was appointed as the chief minister’s principal secretary today. Earlier, Singh was holding the post as additional charge besides serving as finance secretary.