Calcutta, April 5: The West Bengal government has asked the Centre to grant national highway status to six state highways during the Tenth Plan.
The routes include the Gajol-Hili Road, the one running between Petrapole and Tulin via Aramgah, the Panagar–Moregram Road, the Moregram– Digha Road, the Calcutta–Bakkhali Road and the Arambagh-Digha Road.
Officials at Writers’ Buildings said chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has spoken to the deputy chairman of the planning commission, K.C. Pant, for the panel’s approval.
The matter was discussed last month at a meeting in Delhi with officials of the Union surface transport ministry and the National Highway Authority of India, held at the behest of the planning commission. State public works department officials also attended the meeting.
Union government officials assured their counterparts from Bengal that many roads in Bengal would be upgraded.
PWD minister Amar Chowdhury said vehicular movement on the six roads was increasing rapidly and, to cope with the pressure, the roads will have to be widened immediately.