New Delhi: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday announced a separate Rs 340 crore special package for Uttarakhand for constructing village roads in the flood-ravaged hill state.

The Ministry is also working for giving special assistance to Uttarakhand for constructing village houses under its ambitious Indira Awas Yojana (IAY).

"Ministry of Rural Development is working on special road and housing package for Uttarkhand. Next week we are going to consider 82 roads and 27 bridges – total 664 kms -- at a total cost of about Rs 340 crores. This we will sanction next week," he said.

The decision came a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a Rs 1,000 crore special flood relief package to the state.


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