The Centre has sanctioned 2,389 projects under the Integrated Action Plan for construction of 9,070 km of roads at an estimated cost of Rs 3,387 crore in rural Bihar to mitigate the impact of Naxal insurgency.

State Rural Works Minister, Bhim Singh, said that rural road projects with a specific objective to build infrastructure in Naxal-affected districts had been sanctioned in phased manner over the past two years ever since the IAP was launched in 2010-11.

Nine districts — Aurangabad, Gaya, Jehanabad, Arwal, Jamui, Nawada, Rohtas, Munger and Kaimur — would be covered by the rural road projects scheme, he said.

The Minister said that Rohtas district had been sanctioned 1,990 km of roads under the scheme, the longest, followed by Gaya 1,550 km.

Giving the break-up, he said that Aurangabad district had been sanctioned 1,312 km of road, Kaimur district 1,235 km, Arwal 168 km and Munger 268 km.

Bhim Singh said of the total sanctioned road length of 9,070 km, 4,499 km had already been built by the Central and State agencies.

He said that henceforth rural areas, inhabited by a population ranging from 250 to 500 people, would be connected with quality roads for round-the-year connectivity.

(This article was published on August 7, 2012)
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