Declare 50 State Highways as National Highway as Early as Possible: Chief Minister


Jaipur, March 9. Chief Minister Mr Ashok Gehlot said that roads are the basis of social and economic development. The State Government considering this is giving priority to the development of roads in the State. It is our effort that there is a rapid development of National Highways and other roads in the State. 

 In the last three years, 42,000 kms long roads have been developed at a cost of Rs 18,000 crore. In the third phase of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, 4500 km long roads have been made in the State. The State Government has made a provision of Rs 5,133 crore for the development of roads in the budget of 2022-23.

 Mr Gehlot was addressing the inauguration and foundation stone laying progamme of 19 projects of Rs 1407 crore on Jaipur-Delhi National Highway through video conference on Wednesday. Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar Lal Khattar were also present on this occasion.

 The Chief Minister said that under the guidance of Shri Gadkari, the construction of National Highway projects has gained momentum and good work is taking place in this direction. He urged Shri Gadkari to expedite the pending proposals related to declaring 50 State Highways to National Highways. This will strengthen the infrastructure of the State and there will be speedy development of the sectors connected with these roads, he said.

 Mr Gehlot requested Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways to take initiative towards making a scheme to promote electric vehicles on the lines of JNNURM in the public transport system. This will help in reducing the problem of vehicular pollution in the metros and will save fuel, he said. Expressing concern over a large number of deaths in road accidents in the country and the State, Shri Gehlot said that a national policy should be made in this direction so that these traumatic accidents can be prevented. He urged Shri Gadkari to convene a meeting of Transport and Public Works Ministers from all over the country regarding this. 

 Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Dr VK Singh, Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation Mr Rao Inderjit Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana Mr Dushyant Chautala, Public Works Department Minister of Rajasthan Mr Bhajan Lal Jatav, Minister of State for Higher Education Mr Rajendra Singh Yadav, Members of Parliament Mahant Balaknath, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Mr Ramcharan Bohra and Shri Devji Patel and other public representatives and officers of National Highway Authority of India virtually participated in the meeting.