Ministry plans to set up company to build roads in border states

December 24, 2013

Dipak Kumar Dash, TNN


NEW DELHI: To push road construction in border states and to improve inter-state connectivity in these regions, highways ministry has moved a proposal to set up a company to implement road construction in these areas.

The ministry has circulated a note seeking comments from other ministries before the proposal is officially put before the Cabinet for approval. “The company will function under the ministry. Majority of the road projects in the north-east, Uttarakhand and some stretches in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh will be implemented by this company. We have proposed that the realignment and redevelopment of major NHs in Uttarakhand will be brought under its jurisdiction,” said a ministry official.

 Sources said quite a few of these road projects are likely to be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Asian Development Bank.

Most of the roads likely to be brought under the new company are with the Border Road Organization (BRO). Sources added that there have been concerns over slow progress of road construction in border areas and these were also raised in the national security council.

TOI had first reported the ministry’s move to rude the load on BRO, which is “overstretched” with other commitments so that it can “concentrate more on strategic roads”.



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