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Mah: Nitin Gadkari inaugurates highway projects in Gadchiroli

Mah: Nitin Gadkari inaugurates highway projects in Gadchiroli

Gadchiroli/Nagpur, Aug 30 (UNI) Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Sunday inaugurated three important bridges and two road improvement projects in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra through video conferencing.
The Minister also laid foundation stones for four other major bridge projects across the rivers Wainganga, Bandiya, Perikota and Perimili. These projects are considered crucial for improving mobility for socio-economic development of the Gadchiroli district.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gadkari said with the construction of these key bridges, the National Highway connectivity in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Telangana is complete now.
“This is a dream which has come true after nearly 25 years, when it was conceived when I was a Minister in Maharashtra”.
The Union Minister further said that the total length of National Highway in Gadchiroli district has increased from 54 Kms to 647 Kms during his tenure.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has approved 44 road projects of 541 kms length with an outlay of Rs 1,740 crores for Gadchiroli district.
“The all-weather road network in far flung areas of Naxal-affected districts like Gadchiroli will improve the socio-economic development in the region and in upcoming two years or so the Gadchiroli district will see an all-round transformation” Gadkari said .
The Minister whole-heartedly complimented the engineers and contractors who completed the construction of bridges in Gadchiroli, despite the fear of Naxals.
He informed that the bridge across River Indravati was completed under very trying and war like conditions. A police station had to be set up in order to help construct the bridge.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also laid the foundation stones for 4 Major Bridges on Perimilli, Bandiya ,Pearikota and Waingagana River in the district. The existing bridges across these rivers are narrow and often get submerged during monsoons.
The bridge across the Wainganga River of approximately 825 meters will improve the connectivity between Gadchiroli and Chandrapur District.
Gadkari also asked NHAI officials to utilize the saved amount of Rs.50 cr during the works of Major bridges to construct 14 Minor Bridges and ensure seamless transportation in otherwise inaccessible areas of Gadchiroli districts.
He also promised to approve the 35 km road development between Alapalli – Bamragarh this year and the remaining 65 kms in the next financial year. The Minister also sought the State Government’s nod to connect Desaiganj – Brahmapuri with Nagpur under the Broad Gauge Metro connectivity plan, which would reduce the travel time to 75 minutes from the current 2 and half ours.
Speaking about his vision for development of backward areas in the capacity of a MSME Minister, Mr Gadkari said with bamboo available in plenty, Gadchiroli can become the hub of Agarbatti manufacturing, whose import has now been stopped.
He said there is a scope to set up 100 units, which would give employment to local people. The Minister also said that he is initiating project for conversion of rice to ethanol in Gadchiroli as part of bio-fuel development programme, which will provide greater value for rice growers and also create jobs” he added.
Minister of State General Dr V K Singh, Maharshtra PWD Minister Ashok Chavan, Maharashtra Minister for Public Undertakings and Guardian Minister of Gadchiroli Eknath Shinde, MP Gadchiroli-Chimur Lok Sabha constituency Ashok Nete and other public representatives and officials of Central and State Government were present on the occasion.
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