Jaipur: In the run up to the Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit slated to be held here next month, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways & Shipping and Smt. Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, today launched road construction projects worth Rs 25,445 crore.
These projects are for the development of roads in Rajasthan under the ‘Bharatmala Scheme’ and the PPP Scheme of the Central Government.
Of the total investment to be made by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, projects worth Rs. 5,587 crore will be executed by the State PWD and projects worth Rs. 19,859 crore by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
The proposed road projects includes key links on the National Highway (NH) 61, Jaisalmer-Barmer connection, Bikaner-Phalodi roadway and the Kishangarh-Bhilawara-Chittorgarh-Udaipur-Ratanpur highway.
Infrastructure development, including the construction of roads and highways, is an essential element of job creation under the Rajasthan Model of Development. The State Government regards road constructions projects the means to create direct jobs as well as indirect livelihood opportunities which are created as a result of the economic growth triggered by infrastructure development. Rajasthan has the second largest network of National Highways in India. The state has also recently launched an ambitious programme of developing 20,000 kms of State highways and major district roads on PPP basis.
The centre’s Bharatmala project is aimed at improving connectivity in border areas including the coastal boundary. Rajasthan will be the biggest beneficiary of this mammoth initiative with 1,500km of roads falling under this scheme. The State Government is actively supporting the project.
At the event, Shri Gadkari and Smt Raje also launched the Resurgent Rajasthan mobile app, which provides an overview of the advantages, investment opportunities and enabling policies the State offers to investors. The app also provides the latest news on Rajasthan.
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