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Updated: Oct 26 2011, 07:59am hrs
Two highway projects worth R1,834 okayed

The government on Tuesday approved two national highway projects costing R1,834 crore. The first project is for four-laning of the 65-km route from Vijayawada to Machlipatnam on national highway (NH) 9 in Andhra Pradesh under Phase IV-A of the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP). The total estimated cost of the project is R736 crore, out of which R130 crore will be for land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and pre-construction. The second project is for expanding a 126-km stretch on the Birmitrapur-Barkote section on NH 23 in Orissa under the above-mentioned phase of NHDP. The total project cost is R1,098.90 crore.

CCEA approves 15 mega food parks

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Tuesday approved the setting up of 15 new mega food parks under the Infrastructure Development Scheme (in addition to the

15 ongoing projects), a move set to add value to farm produce. The government would grant R787.50 crore for building these food parks. The new mega food parks will result in the creation of state-of-the-art infrastructure in the country with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlets,

an official statement said.

National optical fibre network cleared

With an aim to provide broadband connectivity to panchayats, the government on Tuesday approved a scheme to create a national optical fibre network, which would help in offering governance, banking and healthcare services online.

The objective of the scheme is to extend the existing optical fibre network, which is available up to the district/block headquarters level, to the gram panchayat level initially by utilising the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), DoT

secretary R Chandrasekhar told reporters. The cost of this initial phase of the scheme is likely to be about R20,000 crore and the target is to complete it in two years, he added.