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State doing little despite Central fund

THOUGH THE Rae Bareli and Sultanpur districts are considered VIP districts, still people are forced to drive on bumpy roads and often their vehicles get stuck in potholes.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 01:30 IST

THOUGH THE Rae Bareli and Sultanpur districts are considered VIP districts, still people are forced to drive on bumpy roads and often their vehicles get stuck in potholes.

Though Rae Bareli MP Sonia Gandhi and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi had assured people that soon roads would be repaired, but nothing has happened so far.

Today revealed the reason why the roads in both districts are still full of potholes. He said the Central Government had released fund for the construction of highway from Sultanpur to Rae Bareli. Due to apathy of the State PWD Department officials, the construction of the road was pending, Muniyappa rued.

He directed officials to expedite construction work in both districts. Muniyappa said on Monday he reviewed the progress of work carried out by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in Uttar Pradesh. “In some parts of the State construction was satisfactory, while in other parts it was progressing at snail pace. Delay in the construction would definitely increase the cost of the project,” Muniyappa said.

Later, he inspected the construction of the Lucknow bypass and ordered for the termination of the contractor. He directed UP PWD to complete the balance work by appointing a separate agency.

Talking to the mediapersons, Muniyappa said though the plan for the construction of Golden Quadrilateral, North-South Corridor and East- West Corridor was prepared when the NDA Government was in power, construction started when UPA government came to power, he said.

The construction of the Golden Quadrilateral would be completed by this year-end. The construction of the East-West Corridor and North South Corridor will be completed by December 2008, he said.

The section of National Highway from Lucknow to Muzaffarpur (Bihar) is being 4-laned at the cost of Rs 3208.10 crore. The work is expected to start shortly, which will link the two major cities of UP and Bihar. The Golden Quadrilateral and East-West Corridor will be a six-lane highway.

He said Road Transport and Highway Ministry has directed the Chief Secretary of UP to review the construction of highway in UP each month.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 01:30 IST