Four highways to get makeover
STATE GOVERNMENT has decided to take up the work of construction and betterment of four state highways. For this financial assistance would be sought from private capital investment, HUDCO and Life Insurance Corporation.
Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation (MPRDC) would execute the works on these highways, which would cover 485 kilometers length at a cost Rs 304.29 crore.
According to an official release, the state highway Chhindwara, Amarwara, Narsinghpur is 103.3 kilometers long that would cost around Rs 67.19 crore. This highway would be improved to a 5.5 meters broad one-and-a-half lane highway from its present single lane breadth. The construction of 155 culverts along with the 23 medium bridges will be carried out and betterment of 12 bridges will be done.
The construction of the highway would be planned according to the norms set by I. R. C. for the basis of the specification in view of its requirements for 15 years. This task has to be completed in 24 months.
Similarly, Betul, Ashapur, Khandwa state highway of 126.5 kilometers length would cost Rs 84.6 crore approximately for its construction. This highway will be converted into 5.5 meter broad one-and-a-half lane highway. It will have 133 culverts 13 medium and 2 large bridges. This work will also be completed in 24 months.
The distance between Khandwa and Betul will be reduced by 58 kilometers after the construction of this highway. Presently, the passengers reach Khandwa via Timarni and Harda but they would be able to save their time and transportation after this highway.
Pachor, Shujalpur, Ashta, Kannoud highway is 127.2 kilometers long and its construction cost will be around Rs 67.44 crore. There is a double-lane way from Kannoud to Ashta but rest of it is a single lane way. This would be constructed into 5.5 meters broad one-and-a-half lane after this renovation.
There will be a strengthening and betterment of 44 kilometers, broadening of 66 kilometers and reconstruction of 13.6 kilometers of it. 85 culverts and 13 medium bridges would be constructed on this way. The task of this road is set for completion in two years.
Pichhor, Dinara, Datia, Sewara highway is 128.2 kilometers long on which Rs 85.6 crore would be spent. This is a single lane road presently and 13 kilometers of it has already been renovated with the Mandi Funds.
A part of 87 kilometers of it comes under the fast track plan but this is not according to the norms.
The condition of the rest of the part is very poor and there is not even a single culvert or bridge over it. This highway is also being broadened into 5.5 meters one-and-a-half lane way. There will be construction of 35 culverts and 2 medium bridges over it. The work of this highway is set for completion in two years, the release informed.