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Kerala: World Bank aid for road development

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THE State Government has finalised a massive scheme for development and maintenance of roads with assistance from the World Bank.

An official spokesman said that the scheme envisages development of 1,600 km of State highway and other arterial roads linking district headquarters. A 93-km stretch of the inland waterway falling under Kottayam and Alappuzha districts will be made navigable as part of the scheme which will receive a World Bank assistance of Rs 1,250 crore.

An international workshop will be hosted by the State Government on Friday and Saturday at Technopark here as a curtain raiser for the project.

The Public Works Minister, Dr M. K. Muneer, will formally unveil the draft project document at the function. The workshop will be attended by Dr Adarsh Kishore, Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Finance, Mr Christopher J. Hobben, Advisor, World Bank, and State Ministers.

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