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Border road for better security - Shinde lays foundation stone for 550km stretch along Nepal boundary

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  • Published 26.06.13

Patna, June 25: Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today laid the foundation of a 552.3km road along the Nepal border in Supaul to help the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) provide quick reinforcement in critical situations.

The project, for which the Centre has sanctioned Rs 1,656 crore, would be complete by 2016.

The minister also laid the foundation stone of an SSB training centre. The unit, to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 98 crore, would be ready by 2014. He said the Bihar government has provided 110 acres, adding that about 1,500 jawans would be trained.

Shinde said the construction of the road has been started from Bihar because it had submitted the detailed project report first. The road would be built in all states that share their borders with Nepal.

In Bihar, the road would pass through West Champaran, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Supaul, Araria and Kishanganj. The stretch would connect all districts situated on the India-Nepal border. At present, there are virtually no roads for smooth movement of residents from one district to another.

Shinde lauded the efforts of Nitish Kumar’s sustained campaign to bring the state on the development map of the country.

The Union minister said: “Bihar ke log sangharsh kar ke vikaas ko aage badha rahen hain (the people of Bihar are struggling to bring the state on the development path),” he told a motley crowd on the campus of Bihari Gurumaitha High School, about 270km northeast of Patna.

Nitish said: “The state government would spend Rs 1,992 crore on land acquisition and construction of bridges and culverts. In addition, a sum of Rs 3,548 crore would be spent on construction of bridges. The road would not only help the central forces guard the international border but also the residents.”