Ranchi, Sept. 26: The state cabinet on Thursday approved construction of nine new roads and bypasses in several towns, including Giridih, Dumka and Chaibasa, with financial assistance from Asian Development Bank.
The roads, part of a second phase of ADB-funded projects, will span around 335 km and cost around Rs 2,056 crore, according to chief secretary R.S. Sharma.
The over 300km Govindpur (Dhanbad)-Saheganj (upto proposed Ganga bridge) road is being built with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank in the first phase.
The cabinet also okayed the setting up a 100-acre medical city with hospitals and diagnostic centres in Itki on the outskirts of state capital.
Infrastructure Development Finance Company has been named adviser for preparing feasibility and detailed project reports.
Enthused by the success of the governmentís e-district project in Ranchi, the cabinet decided to expand it to the remaining 23 districts, incurring additional expenses to the tune of Rs 59 crore.
The cabinet also decided to set up an authority to prevent irregularities in the mid-day meal scheme and ensure students were provided nutritious cooked food.
The authorityís executive committee will be headed by the human resources development secretary.
Transport department fees, unchanged since 1952, will finally be hiked three-fold.
During the last stint of Presidentís Rule, certain revisions were made, after which transporters had threatened to go on strike.
Food allowance for patients in various government hospitals has been increased from Rs 30 per day per patient to Rs 50.
Also, over 2.35 lakh families living below the poverty line in urban areas will be extended benefits of health insurance and various social security schemes by spending an additional Rs 60 crore per annum.