Jamshedpur: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Friday said his government would lay special emphasis on infrastructure development in the year 2012 and would develop two "express ways" in the state.

Greeting the people of Jharkhand ahead of the New Year 2012, Munda told newsmen that the state government, which has already initiated steps to improve road conditions including the state and national highways, proposes to develop two "express ways" between Ranchi-Bokaro and Ranchi-Jamshedpur.

We have sought viability report, which was in initial stage, in this regard but the report on the proposed Ranchi-Bokaro express way was positive, he said during an informal inter-action with mediapersons.

The express way between Ranchi-Bokaro will reduce the distance by 46 kms from 136 km to 90 km, he said admitting that this project was his "dream project".

Regarding the proposed four-lane highway between Barhi-Baharagora, the Chief Minister claimed that the state government has been engaged sincerely to complete formalities including acquisition of land for the purpose but the approach of the Union Government was "indifferent".

The state government has also initiated necessary steps in regard to the airport to be developed by Tata Steel near Jamshedpur while an agreement was likely to be signed soon in regard with an airport in Deoghar district.

The agreement will be signed soon as it is in final stage; he said adding that a firm has been given the charge for operation and maintenance of Dumka airport.

(Agencies)