New Delhi: In a bid to improve the condition of the National Highways crossing through Jharkhand, the Central government is mulling over an action plan to improve their condition. Besides, the Centre is also planning to construct two new highways in the state which would cost Rs 85 crore.

CP Joshi, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways said in Rajya Sabha: “Project report for the improvement of the condition of NH-23, NH-32 and NH-75 in the naxal-hit Jharkhand is in its final stage of completion and soon work would be initiated as per the report.”

He added that a feasibility report is being formulated to improve condition of roads in naxal-hit regions of the state.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Jitin Prasada informed Lok Sabha that small bridges are being constructed to widen NH-23 and NH-78, which connect Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

The government conceded that due to repeated bandhs called by the Maoist organisations and contractors getting continuous threat from them, the maintenance work of roads in the state has taken a hit.

Moreover, two national highway y projects – widening of NH-75 at the cost of Rs 62.98 crore and maintenance of NH-99 at the cost of Rs 22.50 crore - are awaiting clearance from the Centre.

(JPN/ Bureau)