THE STATE government has approved Rs 1300 crore for five roads under Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) mode in the State. This was decided at a meeting of the Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday.
The five roads are Bhopal to Dewas (143 km), Jaora to Nayagaon (127 km), Matkuli-Tamia-Chhindwara (108 km), Chandpur-Alirajpur-Kukshi-Barwani (100 km) and Mandsour to Sitamau (44 km).
Of these, the road from Bhopal to Dewas and Jaora to Nayagaon would be four-lane costing Rs. 1100 crore while the Matkuli-Tamia-Chhindwara, Chandpur-Alirajpur-Kukshi-Barwani and Mandsour-Sitamau road would be strengthened.
Chouhan asked the officials to ensure completion of the roads within stipulated time limits. Tenders for construction of all the five roads will be sanctioned within three months and the construction will begin immediately thereafter.
The meeting was informed that the process of realising toll tax on the BOT roads has been rationalised to lighten the burden on the users.
Vice chairman of the Road Development Corporation and PWD Minister Kailash Vijayavargiya, Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni, Principal Secretary, PWD Padmaveer Singh, Finance Secretary AP Shrivastava, Secretary, Forests Ratan Purwar, Secretary, Urban Administration Sewaram, Secretary, Mineral Recourses Manoj Jhalani, MD Road Development Corporation Mohammad Suleman and Secretaries to the Chief Minister Iqbal Singh Bains, DP Tiwari and Anurag Jain were among those who attended the meeting.