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Rajasthan government announces ₹1,200 cr for Alwar roads, Congress says for bypoll gains

Roads worth ₹250 crore would be built in Kishangarh Bas assembly constituency area.

jaipur Updated: Oct 24, 2017 21:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Alwar bypoll,PWD minister,Yunus Khan
The bypolls to two parliamentary seats and one assembly constituency is a litmus test for Vasundhara Raje.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The state government will spend ₹1,200 crore on repairing damaged roads in Alwar, announced Public Works Department (PWD) minister Yunus Khan in the assembly on Tuesday.

However, the announcement drew criticism from the Opposition, which said the decision was taken in view the Lok Sabha by-election in the district.

Replying to a question from Kishangarh Bas MLA Ramhet Singh Yadav during the question hour, Khan said five roads are damaged in mining area of Kishangarh Bas and repairing of these roads depends on the availability of financial resources with the state government. He announced that 12,000 km damaged roads will be repaired in the state by March 2018 and repairing of another 10,000 km roads will be started after March next year.

Citing that the present government got 20,000 km damaged road in legacy from the previous government, Khan said the government repaired 4,254 km roads in 2014-15, 2,701 km roads in 2015-16 and 5,036 km roads in 2016-17 with yearly spending of ₹847 crore, ₹800 crore and ₹800 crore respectively.

The PWD minister said that roads worth ₹250 crore would be built in Kishangarh Bas assembly constituency area. Along with, damaged roads in the entire Alwar district will be repaired by spending ₹1,200 crore this year. In Alwar district alone, 650 km roads will be repaired by spending ₹968 crore under the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) scheme.

He said the roads broken due to mining vehicles in Kishangarh Bas assembly constituency will be repaired this year. Along with, the transport department will take action against the overloaded vehicles in Alwar district.

He said ₹35 crore provided by the chief minister for roads in Alwar city has been approved. Along with the help of additional ₹10 crore, remaining damaged roads in the city will also be repaired, he added.

Reacting over the minister’s announcement for Alwar, Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi said the announcement is being made in view of the by-polls. “Nothing is going to happen and people have understood this. People are being misguided in Alwar and Ajmer,” he said. He said when the opposition raises the issue of loan waiver for farmers, the government goes silent. “Farmers are committing suicide, but no one went to them,” Dudi said.

He said crops are not being purchased on the minimum support price and many riders have been put on the procurement process, law and order in the state has deteriorated, minors are being raped, schools are being privatised, thermal plants are being closed, dengue and swine flu are spreading. The sitting MLA from Mandalgarh assembly constituency died due to lack of treatment and even the cavalcade of chief minister had expired medicines, he added.

First Published: Oct 24, 2017 21:39 IST