MP roads will be at par with US by 2024, says Nitin Gadkari | Bhopal News – Times of India

BHOPAL: Union minister for road, transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, on Monday said that the holy city of Orchha – home to the Ram Raja Temple — will be given an Ayodhya-like facelift. Orchha will be connected to Ayodhya and an action plan is in the works, he said.
Gadkari announced that the road infrastructure of Madhya Pradesh and Bundelkhand will be “at par with that of America by 2024”. A whopping Rs 40,000 crore is being invested in the laying of roads in MP, and work worth Rs 25,000 crore is nearing completion, he added.
“The ’84 Kosi Parikrama Pad Path’ is being constructed in Ayodhya. On the same lines, Shri Ram’s Pad Path should be built, connecting Orchha with the surrounding areas. Orchha will be beautified like Ayodhya,” the Union minister said at the inauguration and foundation laying of 18 road projects, worth Rs 6,800 crore. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan presided over the programme.
Gadkari urged that Pitambara Peeth should prepare a roadmap for the construction of Datia-Jhansi-Orchha circuit and a proposal should be made to develop Orchha’s bus routes from the tourism point of view.
Gadkari approved a Rs 1,000 crore state government proposal for the construction of roads and culverts and said that the four-lane highway between Bhopal and Kanpur (550km) will shorten the journey to just 7-8 hours.
In his address, CM Chouhan said that children will be taught about Lord Ram and Tulsidas in their books.
Roads worth Rs 44,000 crore in Bundelkhand alone: CM
Ramraja Lok will be built in Orchha and Vanvasi Ramlok in Chitrakoot on the lines of Shri Mahakal Mahalok in Ujjain. The state government will also work on Ram Van Gaman Path. Orchha will be connected to Ayodhya,” Chouhan said.
With Union minister Gadkari’s cooperation, the MP government will renovate all the bus stands in the state, the CM said, assuring that land will be provided at the earliest for the construction of a modern bus stand in Orchha.
“Gadkariji has come today to gift 18 road projects of 550 km, worth Rs. 6800 crore, to Madhya Pradesh including Bundelkhand. Not only this, Gadkari ji is facilitating the journey of the devotees by getting a ropeway constructed from the railway station to visit Mahakal Baba in Ujjain. On the call of Union minister Dr Virendra Kumar, Gadkariji will now get a ropeway constructed for Taramai’s darshan as well,” the CM said.
Roads worth Rs 44,000 crore are being built in the Bundelkhand region alone, Chouhan said, adding that this area has also got the gift of Ken-Betwa project, which will quench the thirst of Bundelkhand farms. “Soon, this region will leave Punjab-Haryana behind,” he said.
In the next two months, tap water will be made available to every household in Niwari district, the CM promised.
Union minister for social justice and empowerment Dr Virendra Kumar said, “It is a day of gifts for the country, state and Bundelkhand. So many national highway projects have been provided in a single day. Also, with the construction of a bridge on the Jamni-Betwa river, the years-old demand of the people has been fulfilled,” he said.
Union minister of state for Jal Shakti, Prahlad Patel, said that earlier when Bundelkhand was discussed, there was talk of migration and starvation. But no other part of the country has as much heritage as Bundelkhand. “Today we are on the path of development,” he said.

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