Sunday, April 25, 2010
Naveen demands road projects for naxal-affected districts
New Delhi, Apr 23 (UNI) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said Left-wing extremism in certain parts of the state has caused additional requirement of road network requiring substantial resources on priority and urged the Centre to sanction 19 road projects in the affected districts. In a meeting with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Kamal Nath here, Mr Patnaik said despite sincere efforts in the past five to seven years, there still exists large gaps in the road infrastructure, adversely affecting the process of industrialisation and development in the state. The chief minister requested Mr Nath to sanction 19 road projects, entailing costs of Rs 762 crore to develop State roads in naxal-affected districts. He urged the Centre to sanction four-laning of National Highway (NH-203) Bhubaneswar-Puri as a Special Project and its completion well before Nabakalebar Utsav to be observed in 2015 and demanded sanction of projects under Economic Importance Scheme for Rs 65 crore. Apart from this, Mr Patnaik raised the demand for projects under Inter-State Connectivity Scheme for Rs 100 crore and urged sanction of Rs 425 crore for Vijaywada-Ranchi Corridor in 2010-11. Mr Nath agreed that special efforts were required for strengthening Vijaywada-Ranchi Corridor and road networks in naxal-affected districts. He, however, said the State government should hold the meeting of committee headed by the Chief Secretary urgently to resolve some issues relating to acquisition of land and sign the State Support Agreement early.
Posted by Naxal Watch at 2:19 AM