Jharkhand today sought Centre’s help in building infrastructure in the state, specially the four-lanes of over 635 km National Highways at eight different stretches at the cost of about Rs 8,000 crore.
Addressing the 22nd Eastern Zonal Council meeting held here under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister Raghubar Das raised the matter and said proposals in this regard have been sent to the NHAI and the Road Transport and Highways Ministry.
Asserting that being a land-locked state, Jharkhand requires very good road and rail infrastructure, Das requested the Centre to expedite the projects.
For trade and commercial activities, the state is dependent only on roads. Most of the roads maintained by the NHAI have heavy traffic because of the mineral transports, he said.
The Chief Minister also requested the Centre to bear the cost of operations of the CRPF deployed in the state to contain Left Wing Terrorism, as it is a national problem and urged that pending bills to the tune of over Rs 4,000 crore on this account be waived off.
Das also raised the issue of distribution of liabilities and assets with Bihar, which according to him was not properly distributed during the bifurcation in the year 2000.
The Chief Minister also said, “Bihar is like an elder brother to Jharkhand and we can have mutual differences, but that is not going to come in the way of extending development for the people.”