Bhopal: Faced with severe criticism by the Opposition and the people for the poor condition of roads in the state, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has started taking stock of the roads soon after returning from his 10-day China visit.

The Chief Minister called a meeting of the Public Works and Rural Development Department on Friday and directed officials to pay urgent attention to upkeep of roads.

Chauhan was bombarded with severe critical remarks by the Opposition as well as the public for his government’s negligence towards state infrastructure and instead visiting China.

He directed the officials to carry out surprise visits to the construction site and even film the ongoing construction work.

He emphasised on the need to raise new sources of finance for which he advised installment of advertisement hoardings on the national highways and acquire toll tax from commercial vehicles.

According to the PWD, the repairing work has to be carried out on 10,500 km of roads while upgradation of 4500 km and renovation of 1150 km of roads has to be completed.

The Rural Development Ministry revealed that there is a provision of maintaining roads up to five years under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. While the roads falling within that time frame are being repaired by the concerned agencies, the rest are being maintained by the department.

(JPN/Bureau)