Bhopal, July 3: The proposed Bhopal-Indore six-lane Green Expressway will be developed in the form of a flagship road – with a Logistics Park, a Logistics Hub, a Smart City and an Information Technology Park to be created on either side – and its laying may be undertaken by either the National Highways Authority of India or the Madhya Pradesh dispensation, Chief Minister Kamal Nath has averred.
It was officially learnt that Mr Nath met Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari at the latter’s New Delhi residence late Monday and had a detailed discussion on issues pertaining to national highways. The Chief Minister urged Mr Gadkari to sanction Rs 1,271 crore for upgrading a total 232 km stretch of national highways (NHs) under the Annual Action Plan for 2019-20. Besides, he proposed reimbursement of Rs 363.78 cr under the Central Road Fund and approval of work amounting to Rs 1,131 cr. Apart from this, Mr Nath requested assent vis-a-vis Rs 25 cr for periodic renewal of 116 km NHs plus Rs 205 cr under a one-time investment scheme for revamping of NHs passing through towns.
“In principle, maintenance cost of approved NHs should be borne by the Ministry alone. I urge central concurrence for strengthening the Improvement in Riding Quality Programme,” Mr Nath said. Expressing concern over the abnormally tardy progress of the Sidhi-Singrauli NH-75E, he called for terminating the existing Build Operate Transfer mode and giving it to another company. UNI