Special Correspondent

Balu's assurances to Mulayam on road development works

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has impressed upon Union Minister for Surface Transport and National Highways T.R. Balu the need to remove bottlenecks in the upgradation and renovation of national highways in the State. The Chief Minister said the construction of Golden Quadrilateral, North-South and East-West corridors as well as of the national highways was linked directly to the development of the State, and the country.

Mr Balu, who was on day's visit to the State capital for reviewing the progress of the Golden Quadrilateral, North-South and East-West corridors in U.P., assured Mr Yadav that there would be no slackness in the road development works.

Mr Balu directed the officials of the National Highway Authority of India to complete the construction of the Golden Quadrilateral, North-South and East-West corridors, and the national highways within the specified time frame.

Participating in the review meeting the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister advocated the construction of four to eight-lane highways on the Delhi-Meerut, Delhi-Hapur and Ghaziabad-Aligarh sections in view of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Mr Yadav informed Mr Balu that the proposal has been to the Union Surface Transport Ministry and urged him to expedite the matter. The proposal also includes construction of bridges, rail overbridges and renovation of highways, the Chief Minister added.

Mr Yadav said 10 highways of 2181 kilometres length have been transferred to the National Highway Authority of India for their ugradation and road widening work The Chief Minister said that keeping in view the rapid increase in traffic and the heavy `axle load', the road upgradation work should conform to the standards laid down. Mr Yadav apprised Mr Balu that about 650 kilometres of road-length needed to be upgraded each year involving an expenditure of about Rs 400 crore.

Mr Balu said the proposals sent by the Uttar Pradesh Government would be vetted and necessary action taken.