Taking strong objection to the Union Road Transport Ministry's advertisement in newspapers in Bihar blaming the "poor" law and order situation for hampering construction of Delhi-Kolkata corridor of golden quadrilateral passing through Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said the advertisement was "bereft of truth" and "meant to malign" the state's image.
Kumar who wrote a letter to Union Road Transport Minister TR Baalu flaying "misuse" of public money in such advertisements, said the advertisement which was published on Monday had "factual errors".
"While at one place it says that out of a total 205 km stretch of the golden quadrilateral in Bihar, work on 185 km has been completed and work on only 20 km was left, at another place it said construction on 40 km of road in Bihar was left", he said.
Strongly refuting the Centre's claim of law and order scenario hampering road construction, he said after his government took power in November last year, work on golden quadrilateral road project has never been hampered except for a dispute between petty contractors at Sasaram on April 6 this year, adding the state government acted quickly to resolve it.
He also refuted the allegation that construction work in Aurangabad was hampered due to poor law and order situation, saying the "truth" was that work was over two months back except for a bridge due to change in the project map.
Kumar said a team of the World Bank that visited Bihar recently had expressed satisfaction over progress of work on east-west corridor.