NEW DELHI

Rajasthan gets funds for link roads

JAIPUR DEC. 24. The Centre has sanctioned the Rajasthan Government's demand for Rs. 600 crores to construct link roads connecting over 1,300 villages with highways and main roads in the State under the Prime Minister's Gram Sadak Yojana.

As part of the stipulated works, Rs. 296.22 crores would be spent under a World Bank project, while Rs. 303.81 crores would be utilised in the normal course, the State Public Works Department Minister, Gulab Chand Kataria, announced here today.

The sanction for releasing the money was given by the Union Ministry for Rural Development on Monday. Mr. Kataria said the money would be used for connecting 1,301 villages with a population of 877 or more with the highways by tar roads.

Mr. Kataria pointed out that the Centre had earlier decided to sanction only Rs. 380 crores to Rajasthan under the ambitious road construction project, but later raised the allocation following the Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's visit to New Delhi this past week. Ms. Raje had urged the Centre to help the State complete all pending projects.

In addition to the sanctioned amount, the Union Rural Development Ministry has also agreed in principle to allocate Rs. 350 crores for future works -- the proposals for which are currently being prepared -- enabling the State to launch Rs. 950-crore worth of projects during the next financial year. Mr. Kataria said the previous Congress regime had got only Rs. 1,080 crores sanctioned during the past four years.

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