Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently
inaugurated 12 National Highways projects worth Rs 5610 crore and
did Bhoomi Poojan for 11 projects worth Rs 9490 crore in Rajasthan.
Among the projects inaugurated were
a 6-Lane Cable Stayed Bridge across river Chambal at Kota. Built at a cost
of Rs 278 crore, this bridge marks the completion of the East-West
corridor. The construction of the bridge was stuck since 2006. This
bridge will now enable heavy vehicles to bypass Kota city, thus bringing down
pollution and traffic congestion. The bridge design is also friendly for
wildlife, ensuring minimum noise pollution for them.
The other projects that were
inaugurated include 4 laning of Gomati Chauraha - Udaipur section of
NH-8 at a cost of Rs1129 crore, 4-laning of Rajsamand-Bhilwara
section of NH-758 at Rs 1360 crore, Nagaur Bypass to Netra
village on NH-65 at a cost of Rs 301 crore and 48 road safety
projects at a cost of Rs 381 crore.
The 11 projects for which Prime Minister
did the Bhoomi Poojan include 4-Laning of Bar-Bilara-Jodhpur
section of NH-112 at Rs 1249 crore, 6-Laning of Kishangarh-Gulabpura
section of NH-79A and 79 – Rs 1184 crore, 6-Laning of
Gulabpura-end of Chittorgarh section of NH-79 – Rs 1378
crore, 6-Laning of Chittorgarh to Udaipur section of NH-76 – Rs 1223
crore, 6-Laning of new Udaipur Bypass on NH-8 – Rs 726 crore,
6-Laning from Udaipur to Rajasthan / Gujarat Border section of NH-8 – Rs
1616 crore, Jaipur Ring Road – Rs 1668 crore, 2-Lane paved
shoulders section of Balotra to Sanderao (Pkg - II) of NH-325 – Rs 178
crore,2-Lane paved shoulders section of Balotra to Sanderao (Pkg - III) of
NH-325 – Rs 164 crore, 4-Lane CC road with safety imp. in Jhalawar
city of NH-12 – Rs 80 crore, 2-Lane ROB and its approaches on NH-709
ext. near Sadulpur Rly. Stn. – Rs 24 crore.
Speaking on the occasion the Prime
Minister expressed happiness that his government had managed to complete
highways projects in the state that had been pending for years together.
Stressing upon the role of infrastructure for development, he said these
highways will help farmers, give a boost to tourism and open up economic
opportunities for the local people.
Meanwhile Nitin Gadkari, Minister of
Road Transport and Highways announced that the centre plans to spend Rs 2
lakh crore in the next 5 years for building National Highways in Rajasthan.
Gadkari pointed out that the state of Rajasthan had just 7498 km of National
Highways till June 2014. This length has nearly doubled to 14465 km in the last
three years under the present government. The number of NH in the state has
gone up from just 35 in June 2014 to 85 at present.
Gadkari further informed that
National Highways construction work worth Rs 10, 430 crore have been completed
in Rajasthan since 2014. This includes 44 large projects totalling 1938
km length. The prominent projects include 4 laning of 244 km Beawar- Pali-Pindwara
section of NH 14, 4 laning of 88 km Deoli- Kota section of NH 12, 4
laning of Gomti- Udaipur section of NH 8 , 4 laning of Rajsamand - Bhilwara
section of NH 758 and six laning of Kishangarh- Ajmer- Beawar section of NH 8.
announced that further NH work worth Rs 50,000 crore would be
completed very soon . This includes 132 km Jaisalmer - Barmer section of NH
15 by November 2017, 107 km Barmer-Sachaur section on same
highway by February 2018 and 204 km Uniyara- Gulabpur section of NH148 (D) and 160
km Bikaner-Falaudi section of NH 15 by April 2018. He further said that DPR for
the highway from Swarupganj- Dungarpur- Banswara to MP border on NH 927(
A) was ready. He also said that the work on six lane Delhi-Jaipur highway is 90
percent complete and work on Falaudi- Jaisalmer section on NH 15 is
proceeding fast. A 195 km greenfield expressway will also come up between Delhi
and Jaipur. This will start from Kherki Daula in Gurgaon, connect with Dwarka
Expressway, then, going via Pataudi, it will connect with NH 8 at Chandwaji
near Jaipur. Feasibility study for this project is being done.