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Roads to be constructed in Maoist-hit Areas, says Gadkari

New Delhi, Feb 09: In a bid to develop the nine Maoist-affected states of India, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that roads need to be built and technologies need to be upgraded.

"There are nine states affected by the left wing-Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh of which especially Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Odisha are affected. We had to build roads and bridges of 6000 kilometres of 6000 crore in Phase one. Of this, only 2200 kilometres are left to be built now. But there are some problems there. We want to imply a new plan of 11000 crore rupees in the second phase. I have spoken to the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister about this", said Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport Minister.

"In these areas, technologies have to be upgraded because if they are building bridge for two years there, then it is not possible with the present technological situation. We are trying to build pre-cast, pre-fabricated bridges there, use technology for soil stabilization while building roads. So in this month, in the upcoming parliament session, in presence of Home Minister, we will do a workshop on how to use technologies to build roads in the Maoist and left wing affected areas", he added.

-NNIS

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