The Centre will take up highways projects worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore in Bihar and is committed to the package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister, in the run up to Assembly polls in Bihar last year, had announced a special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore for Bihar.
“In our five years regime, we will do work worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore in Bihar. Whatever package the Prime Minister declared, that will be done,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said addressing the media here.
Gadkari said that as of now, the total projects approved in Bihar by the Centre stood at Rs 60,000 crore.
Bihar has 4,967 km of National Highways including the 2,100 km approved by the Centre recently, he said.
“We will increase it by another 2,000 km,” the Minister said adding, currently work is on 77 projects worth Rs 20,000 crore in the state and another 27 projects worth Rs 5,000 crore will be awarded soon.
He said under the Setu Bharatam projects, 13 railway over bridges (RoBs) will be built in the state at a cost of Rs 900 crore.