The Rajasthan government is set to create a record of sorts next Tuesday, August 29, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolls out more than 9,500 road projects, including national highways, state roads and rural roads under PMGSY and the state’s flagship programmes. These will all together cost over Rs 27,000 crore.
The PM is scheduled to visit Udaipur next week to lay foundation stones for projects as well as inaugurate some. Union highways minister Nitin Gadkari will also attend the event, besides chief minister Vasundhara Raje.
According to sources, 109 projects over 3,000 kilometres are being funded by the road transport ministry and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) — the projects primarily involve widening of highways, and improvement and construction of state roads. They will cost around Rs 15,000 crore. The PM will inaugurate 11 completed NH projects totalling about 873-km in length, including a six-lane cable-stayed bridge across the river Chambal in Kota.
Majority of these projects fall under the Centre’s rural connectivity programmes along with that of the state government programmes such as PM Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Rajasthan Road Sector Modernization Project (RRSMP) and Gramin Gaurav Path. Thirty-one others are on the build-operate and transfer (BOT) model.
Rajasthan is one of the leading states under BOT model which implements the public-private partnership road project. A source from the government said the PM will address a “mammoth rally” in Udaipur while launching the projects.
The district collectors have been alerted and the schedule will be shared with them soon. The live telecast will be at the exact project sites. The PM’s visit and the number of projects being rolled out are significant as only a year is left for the assembly elections in Rajasthan.