Bumpy ride: Jharkhand road infrastructure poorer than Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand
When it comes to road infrastructure, Jharkhand is the worst among other states — Chattisgarh and Uttarakhand — formed along with it in 2000.ranchi Updated: Feb 26, 2014 18:10 IST
When it comes to road infrastructure, Jharkhand is the worst among other states — Chattisgarh and Uttarakhand — formed along with it in 2000.
The latest state economic survey puts Jharkhand among states with least road connectivity.
Compared to neighbouring Chhattisgarh, which has 75,742 km of roads and Uttarakhand which has 52,628 km of roads, Jharkhand has just 26,277 km of tarmac.
Chief minister Hemant Soren, inaugurating a stretch of the Ring Road, had assured that the coverage of would increase as the government has sanctioned new district roads, bypasses and city roads.
Road construction department officials said that the poor figures are to be blamed on unstable governments and the poor condition of almost 5,000 km of roads that Jharkhand inherited from its parent state Bihar.
As per national survey on road density, which excludes national highways and rural roads, Jharkhand has 86.26 km of road per 1,000 sq km against a national average of 182.4 km per 1000 sq km.
Principal secretary, road construction department Rajbala Verma said, “Our priority is to first mend existing roads.”
She added that along with repair and maintenance work, 1,000 km of road construction has been sanctioned.
North-east states like Nagaland and Tripura fare better with 35,198 km and 29,248 km roads, said the Jharkhand Economic Survey 2013-14. Jharkhand needs 7,660 km of roads to meet the national average.
Jharkhand features among states with least rural roads. Compared to Chattisgarh’s 19,462 km the state has 7,285 km rural roads.
The road department was allotted `2,500 crore for road construction in the budget of 2014-15.
The upside for road networks is that, in the last fiscal the government sanctioned `1885 crore for construction of 890 km of roads and is the process of acquiring `2000 crore to complete the 1000 km of roads from international banks.
Also, 72% of the state’s total road length of 26,277 km are either surfaced or covered