New Delhi: Removing the bottlenecks in the rural development of the state, the Central Government on Wednesday gave green signal to several demands of the Bihar government related to rural development projects.

In a meeting with state’s Rural Development Minister Bhim Singh, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh cleared several roadblocks by agreeing to the state’s demand of clearing projects of construction of roads in rural areas, especially in Maoist-hit districts.

While speaking to ‘Jagran’, Ramesh confirmed the development vis-à-vis his ministry and expressed concerns for lagging rural development projects in the state.

Last Friday, similar issues had come up for discussion between Ramesh and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar when the former was in Patna on an official visit.

Senior officials of the Rural Development Ministry will visit the state between 9 to 11 September to settle the issue of core-networking, which has been a bone of contention for long.

About 9500 km of rural road is needed to be laid in the state for better connectivity.

Ramesh said that the road construction in Bihar will be carried in different phases. In the first stage, 2177 km road would be laid in the naxal hit seven districts of Bihar.

Moreover, the construction of small bridges and flyovers, under the Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), will also be completed at the earliest.

JPN/Bureau