New Delhi: Clearing the deck for the pending road projects under the Pradhan Gram Mantri Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) in Bihar, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh gave green signal to the construction of 60,000 km of roads in the state.

Meanwhile, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister CP Joshi approved conversion of highways into four-lane between Muzaffarpur-Barauni and Khagaria-Purania. 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday met Ramesh and sought an early clearance of pending road projects in state. Most of his demands were fulfilled during the meeting. Appreciating the prompt response from Ramesh, Nitish said it is heartening to find the Minister keeps his commitment.  

The Centre has also given a green signal to the core network of PMGSY in Bihar. The report on the 2,300 km road network in seven districts under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) would be soon received. The Centre has received the report in this regard and a decision would be taken before September 30. 

The Minister also said that 409 projects which were earlier sanctioned to central agencies, but could not be expedited have been cancelled.

Nitish has assured Ramesh that no compromise would be made on the quality of work. State agencies will be fully responsible for their quality, he added.

In addition, Nitish has also requested Joshi for converting Khagaria-Barauni, Bakhtiyarpur-Rajauli and Patna-Gaya highway routes into four lanes roads.

Nitish opined that since Gaya airport may be developed as the main airport in the state, therefore, the link road needs to be widened.