The Centre plans to launch road projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore over the next two years. It will provide a robust highways infrastructure in Rajasthan, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate 11 projects and lay the foundation stone of six others, in all worth Rs 15,000 crore, in the state on August 29.
He will ‘dedicate to the nation’, along with Gadkari, the completed highway projects totalling 873 km at Udaipur.
The Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister said the length of National Highways in the state has been doubled.
It is grown to about 14,000 km, from the 7,000 km when the NDA government took over.
“We plan to take up highway projects worth about Rs 1 lakh crore in the state in the next two years,” he said.
The investment will be in addition to the existing and completed projects worth about Rs 1 lakh crore, he said.
A new expressway will be built connecting the national capital to the pink city in addition to the Delhi-Jaipur Highways.
It will be completed by December as about 90 per cent of the work has been done, he said.
Elaborating on the Rs 15,000 crore projects, he said four of these are such which have been pending for a long time.
and include 6-lane Cable Stayed Bridge across river Chambal at Kota.
Gadkari said to expedite highways projects, Centre has taken a number of steps including 22 cabinet decisions.
The 11 projects to be inaugurated by Modi next week include the Rs 1,128 crore Gomati Chauraha-Udaipur project at Rajsamand.
The other projects are located in Bhilwara, Pali, Nagaur, Barmer, Sikar, Churu, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Barmer.