The objective of the project is to improve the National Highway network connectivity to less developed states and enhance institutional capacity of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to better manage the highway network, it added.

The agreement was signed by Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Nilaya Mitash on behalf of the Government of India and World Bank Operations’ Advisers in India Michael Haney on behalf of the World Bank.

The project comprises upgradation of about 1120 kilometers of existing single or intermediate lane National Highways in three low income States (Bihar, Orissa and Rajasthan) and in less developed regions of two middle income States (Karnataka and West Bengal), the statement said.

The total project size is USD 1146.05 million and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India is the implementing agency for the project, it added.

(Agencies)

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