Maharashtra to get 21,000-km of roads in three years

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2016 23:50 IST
State housing minister Prakash Mehta addresses the media outside the Assembly. (HT)

Roads measuring 21,000km will be built across the state in the next three years.

While replying to a debate on budgetary grants in the Assembly, public works department minister Chandrakant Patil said the government has chalked out a plan to construct and refurbish state highways and major roads, and work on 8,000 km would be completed in the next one year.

“Some of the roads will be built on annuity basis, while some will be completed on hybrid annuity basis.

In case of annuity basis, the cost will be borne by the PWD and the contractor will be paid the cost over ten years. In hybrid annuity, 40% of the cost will be borne by the PWD, while 60% will be recovered from toll on heavy vehicles. The toll collection on such roads will continue even after the cost of construction is recovered and 90% of the collection will be kept by the government. There will be no toll on roads build on annuity basis,” the minister said.

Patil said the policy for the construction of roads has been finalised and will be rolled out soon. “We have major roads measuring 90,000km in the state, of which 22,000km have been transferred to the Centre, while 21,000km will be undertaken in three years,” he said.

The lower house also saw Opposition legislators raising questions over the decisions taken by retired public works secretary Anand Kulkarni in connection with transfers and suspension of officers. Nationalist Congress Party group leader Jayant Patil said Kulkarni suspended many engineers in the public works department arbitrarily, who were reinstated within a couple of months. He alleged Kulkarni did not take the mandatory approval of the general administration department for several appointments. He also alleged that Kulkarni used to file RTI applications in GAD to put pressure on them.

Although some of the instances are true, our government has transferred only 1,500 officers, Chandrakant Patil said.

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