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Rs 1323cr for rural roads

Ranchi, Feb. 13: The Union rural development ministry today sanctioned its biggest monetary package to construct or repair roads and long-span bridges in Jharkhand under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna.

The Rs 1,323.4-crore package will be utilised to construct/repair 710 rural roads (2,500km) and 91 long-span bridges (5.5km).

Under this initiative, Palamau, with 111 proposed roads and 22 bridges, is going to be the biggest gainer. Giridih (93 roads and 7 bridges), Chatra (87 roads and 2 bridges), East Singhbhum (84 roads and 1 bridges), Ranchi (26 roads and 7 bridges) and West Singhbhum (82 roads and 6 bridges) are among prominent beneficiaries.

“An empowered committee approved these proposals on February 7. On the basis of the committee’s recommendations, the ministry today cleared the projects. I kindly request you to direct the department concerned for immediate action,” read Union minister Jairam Ramesh’s letter to chief minister Hemant Soren.