Staff Correspondent

SHIMLA: The hill State of Himachal has the highest road density among the entire hill States of India, which as per the latest study is 53km per 100sq. kms, claimed a government spokesman here on Sunday. He said the State Government is providing high priority to the development and maintenance of roads in the State, as roads are vital infrastructure for rapid economic growth of the State. The development of important sectors of economy such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Industries and Forestry depends upon efficient road network.

He said to strengthen road network in the hill State, Himachal Pradesh State Road Project has been implemented in the State. This Rs 1365.435 crore H.P. State Road Project, envisages up gradation of 435 km long State highways and major district roads besides periodic maintenance of 2000 km of road length. The roads to be upgraded under this Project are 44.82 km Mehatpur-Una-Amb road; 106.19 km. Una-Barsar-Jahu-Bhambla- Kalkhar road; 80.68 km Theog-Kotkhai-Hatkoti-Rohru road; 41.95 km Sarkaghat-Ghumarwin road; 39.17 km. Ranital-Kotla road; 71.74 kms. Kumarhatti-Sarahan-Nahan road; 24 km Draman Sihunta roads and 26.80 km Bhawarana Lambagaon road. The up-gradation work of Theog-Hatkoti road has been awarded to Chinese Company and this project would cost Rs 228 crore and would be completed within the next three years.

This road involves construction of 15 bridges, 280 culverts and 6.5 km high retaining walls, 5.5 km of covered foot path and 30 rain shelters.