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Improvement in Connectivity to Naxal Affected Areas

NewDelhi ,10th August 2015 :The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is primarily responsible for development and maintenance of National Highways in the country. In addition, this Ministry is implementing the first phase of Road Requirement Plan (RRP-I) for improvement of 5477 Km roads to two lane in 34 districts of 8 states affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE). Original target for completion of RRP-I was March 2015. Primarily, security related issues are hampering the progress of the works. The delay in completion of works is due to frequent call of bandhs, burning of plants and machinery of contractors, delay in granting forest permission and mining permits by the State Governments and in some cases poor performance of contractors. RRP–I is likely to be substantially completed by March 2016 except about 500 km, which are yet to be awarded in the States of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. State wise details of RRP-I are as under:

State Length of Road

(in km)

Sanctioned Cost

(Rs.  in crore)

Length completed upto 31.07.2015

(in km)

Telangana 620 1245 573
Bihar 674 616 657
Chhattisgarh 2019 3045 985
Jharkhand 760 1219 460
Madhya Pradesh 237 237 191
Maharashtra 470 996 338
Orissa 615 949 494
Uttar Pradesh 74 131 67
Total 5469 8438 3765

   This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways,   Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today

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