Shimla: Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today said that out of 18,946 villages and 3,243 panchayats in the state 10,541 villages and 2,968 panchayats have been connected with motorable roads.
Presiding over a review meeting of the Public Works Department he said that 2,786 km of new roads and 185 bridges has been constructed during the last 35 months in the state. He said the state has a total 31,507 km of roads and 1,700 bridges out of which 18,835 km were metalled and tarred.
He said that heavy recent rains had damaged the road network drastically where patch-up work had been completed on 6,53,317 square meters. and 9,292 km drains repaired.
Dhumal said that work on Pinjore-Nalagarh-Kalka-Parwanoo double laning project was in progress while 10 road projects of 168.78 km length valued at Rs. 322 crore were under execution as World Bank assistance Projects. He said that Gara Mour to Manali road project was also being upgraded to double lane with tunnel under Swarghat to shorten the distance. He said four-laning of Kalka-Shimla road was in progress while Pinjore-Nalagarh project was also being expedited. He said that few tunnels had also been proposed to be constructed to shorten the distance between Kalka and Shimla under the project.
He said the Kufri bye pass, Hamirpur bye pass, Palampur bye pass, Sundernagar bye pass, Manali bye pass, Joginder Nagar bye pass and Theog bye pass projects were at different stages of execution and were likely to be completed in a time bound manner to decongest the urban areas.
He directed the authorities to clean the roads of the abandoned and condemned vehicles and take action against their owners for unauthorized dumping of their vehicles.
Gulab Singh Thakur, PWD Minister, said that the top priority was being accorded to maintenance of roads in the areas which were worst affected due to the rainy season. He said that the targets fixed for the current financial year would be achieved positively by the closure of the current financial year.