Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today urged Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari for early approval of shelf works worth Rs 487 crore under the Central Road Fund (CRF). The chief minister stressed on connectivity through ropeways for men and material to cover the rural population which will also help in boosting tourism in the state. He also stressed on exploring the possibility of having seaplane connectivity to major water bodies in the state as airstrips in the state are small for large aircrafts.
Thakur requested the ministry to grant approval for the construction of 43-km long Hathithan-Manikaran-Pulga road at an estimated cost of Rs 430 crore, 138-km long Rohru-Jangla-Sungri-Taklech-Sarahan-Jeori road at a cost of Rs 1,380 crore and 50 km Chandigarh-Karoran-Tanda-Prempura-Paploha-Shilukhurd-Jamgesh-Kasauli-Dharampur road at Rs 500 crore. The chief minister requested the Union minister for allocation of adequate funds for periodical renewal of national highways in the state for year 2017-18 and added that the allocation of a sum of Rs 24 crore was made this year for road length of 266.465 km against the request of Rs 102.03 crore.
He urged for early approval of Rs 1,200 crore for undertaking phase 2 working programme for 2017-18 for national highways in the state, which included road safety works on the National Highway 305, tunnel at the Jalori pass and the Hamirpur-Mandi road. Thakur said that the government has sent a complete case for final notification as national highways for the 41.50 km Ghumarwin-Sarkaghat road and the 39.20 km Ranital-Kotla roads.