The Madhya Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday granted administrative approval to road projects totaling 656.40 km to be constructed at a cost of R1,740 crore. These include eight state highways and four district roads.
The approved roads include the 106-km Bhopal-Berasia-Sironj road, the 57-km Sendhwa-Khetia road, the 38-km Sarangpur-Shujalpur road, the 38-km Jabalpur-Patan-Shahpura road, the 71-km Morena Sabalgarh road, the 43-km Majhgawa-Chitrakoot road (part of the Satna-Chitrakoot road), the 69-km Nagda-Dhar-Gujari road and the 29-km Neemuch Manasa road.
Taking a humanitarian view, the cabinet approved R13 lakh for the treatment of Abdul Qadir, an eight-year-old boy who had lost both his arms after being electrocuted by a high-tension wire.
The boy had met chief secretary Anthony de Sa after which the state government decided to bear the cost of his treatment on humanitarian grounds.
Qadir would be treated through a new medical technique - myo-electric prosthesis.
The cabinet also approved an amount of R234.56 crore for the extension and repair of existing canal of the Barna Dam in Raisen district.
This would increase irrigation area by about 10,000 hectares.
Additionally, restructuring of the MP online portal system as per changes made by the Union government has also been sanctioned.
There would now be tripartite collaboration between MP online, district e-governance society and operators of existing kiosks to provide better services in both rural and urban areas.
The cabinet gave its nod to extending the provision for granting loans to farmers at zero percent interest.
Thirty new posts of nursing superintendents were also approved by the cabinet for new hospitals, an ANM training centre at Balaghat and the district education centre at Agar Malwa.
The cabinet has also extended the approval granted to Bharat Oman Refineries in November 19, 2014, for trading naphtha for a period of three years.