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Construction : Web Exclusive | February 2013 | Source : Construction Update

Cabinet gives in principle nod for Rs 385 bn road projects

In order to cover unconnected habitations in Naxal-affected districts and areas of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China, union cabinet gave "in principle" approval for Rs 38,500 crore road projects.

These projects would be implemented in 82 Naxal-affected districts where the population is 100 persons and above (as per the 2001 census) and areas of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China.

The projects would be implemented under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY). In case of multi-connectivity at the block level, identified by the Union Home Ministry, it is not compulsory that tar-paved roads should be constructed in such areas where Maoists target metalled roads used by security forces.

The approval has been given with a limited provision to complete missing links, "to form closed loops from through routes of the core network at an estimated cost of Rs 8,000 crore (at 2012-13 prices).

At present, the PMGSY envisages connecting all habitations with a population of 250 persons and above in tribal areas in Naxal-affected districts.

An amount of Rs 1200 crore is expected to be cost for providing new connectivity to the habitations in the border districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

Out of the state's 17 districts, 10 districts are bordering China and Myanmar and the small habitations in these districts will be major beneficiaries.

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