The Union Rural Development Ministry has approved Rs 4,130 crore for construction of 5,700 km of rural roads in Bihar. The amount okayed by the centre is said to be the highest allotment for the State in the past 12 years. The decision to allot the amount under Prime Minister Gramin Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) in the current financial year was taken by the ministry in July, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said in Patna.
Out of the fund allocated in all 38 districts, 2,400 rural roads and 190 bridges would be constructed, he said. The Minister said after taking charge of the ministry, he has galvanised implementation of schemes everywhere in the country. Ramesh was in Bihar to review rural development works in naxal-hit West Champaran district.
The minister said that out of the total fund, 80 per cent would be spent on road construction in 10 districts.
These are Araria, Aurangabad, Darbhanga, Jamui, Kaimur, Madhubani, Nawada, Sitamarhi, Rohtas and West Champaran, majority of which are affected by naxalism.