New Delhi: A step-motherly treatment over the distribution of funds for the maintenance of the national highways in Bihar has been a matter of concern to the state government. The Centre in the last three consecutive fiscal year has not sanctioned any kind of assistance to the development projects in Bihar.

Moreover many highway projects of the state are awaited for the Centre’s nod for the last seven years.
Though the Bihar government had made a proposal of Rs 1,061.64 crores for the maintenance of roads in July 2011 for the fiscal year 2011-12, the Centre is yet to give its nod.

After delay in sanction of the proposed funds by the Centre, the repair work was completed by the state government on its own expenses and nearly a whopping amount of Rs 900 crores was spent over it which is yet to be reimbursed by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways of the government of India .

Bihar road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav said, “Forget about the development of the highways, the central government is not even extending its support for the maintenance of National highways in accordance with the national standard.”

After the change in the ruling dispensation in 2005, the state has been  neglected on all fronts by the Centre since then. There is a stretch of 3,642 Km of national highway in the state, out of which 1609 km of roads are under the supervision of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and 2033 kms for the state government of Bihar.

However, the Bihar government has submitted more than 500 proposals of worth Rs 4162.47 crore since 2005 till now, but only 180 projects costing Rs 1082.79 crores have been approved by the central government so far.

JPN/Bureau