Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed the authorities of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the state government officials to remove hurdles in the way of construction of East-West Corridor so that the project could be completed on time. He asked them to start a campaign for land acquisition after proper compensation to the farmers.
Kumar, who reviewed the work of East-West Corridor Project, said that that the local issues should be given priority to clear the bottlenecks. On being informed that some of the districts did not have land acquisition officers, the chief minister directed the Principal Secretary, Personnel and Administrative Reforms to immediately appoint officers.
The chief minister also directed the chairman of the Bihar State Electricity Board to initiate steps for removal of electricity poles and other related problems, wherever required. He also asked for construction of foot overbridge and slip roads, as per requirement.
The NHA chairman and members assured the Chief Minister if the concerned district administrations resolved local issues by October, 2009, the East-West Corridor work would be almost completed by June 2010.
“Only some parts of the rail and road bridge over Kosi river would remain, which would be completed after next rainy season,” they added.
The Chief Minister had earlier written to the Minister for Surface Transport Kamalnath, apprising him of the poor condition of national highways. He had also personally met the minister. Kamalnath had during the meeting raised issue of local issues and urged the Chief Minister to get them resolved. Today’s meting was held in that backdrop.
Those who attended the meeting included NHAI chairman Brajeshwar Singh, members KS Moni, SK Puri, regional officer HC Arora, project director Vijay Shankar, Amarendra Kumar, AK Verma and SS Jha.
From the State government side, Chief Secretary Anup Mukherjii, principal secretary to CM RCP Sinha, principal secretary, Road Construction, Amrit Pratyay, secretaries to CM Chanchal Kumar and S Siddharth, commissioners of Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Purnia were present.