New Delhi: In a bid to strengthen the fight against the Naxals, the Central government has decided to improve road network in Naxal-hit districts with a special focus on Jharkhand.

The Centre has decided to create a web of highways in Naxal-hit 34 districts across eight states.

Union minister for Road Transport and Highways, Jitin Prasada said, “1126 km long national highway project worth Rs 7300 would be constructed in these states.”

Apart from this, 4351 km of state highways will also be constructed.

The Centre has also advised the Naxal-hit states to complete the NH construction project on priority basis.

States have also been asked to provide adequate security to the agencies working on the project.

The proposed road projects would lay 504 km of national highway in Jharkhand.

The project also covers states like Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Andhra and Uttar Pradesh with 72 km, 355 km, 128 km and 67 km of highway crossing through these states respectively.

The government aims to complete around 250 km of the project by the end of this year.

(JPN/Bureau)