Patna: The Bihar government on Tuesday said a new road policy will be formed to tackle road maintenance issues and blamed the centre for discriminating against the state in releasing funds for road projects.

In the state legislative assembly, Nand Kishore Yadav, the Road Construction minister said," Maintenance of roads has been a problem due to insufficiency of funds, but the state government was committed to ensure upkeep of roads for which a road maintenance policy was on anvil.

While replying to his department's budgetary allocation of Rs 4983 crore for 2013-14, Yadav said, the measure for maintenance of roads will come into effect from next year and the accountability of the contractors will be fixed for upkeep of roads in a time-bound manner.

Decrying the lack of road connectivity during the RJD rule, Yadav said that the NDA government has constructed 12,691 km road and spent about Rs 30,000 crore to improve road infrastructure over the past seven years and added that it has proposed to build six-lane roads beginning with one between Manpur and Gaya.

Besides, 13,192 bridges and culverts have been constructed to improve road connectivity during the NDA rule, he said. The 6-km long Gandhi Setu between Patna-Hajipur, regarded the life-line to North Bihar which was damaged in a portion will be repaired in time bound manner, while in addition, two parallel bridges were under-construction on the river Ganga for improving road connectivity between North and South Bihar, Yadav said.

The state government has also proposed for construction of four-lane roads and a parallel East-West corridor on the Indo-Nepal border under a central scheme in which our contribution will be 53 per cent of the cost, he said.

The Road Construction Minister slammed the centre for discriminating against Bihar for sanctioning of road projects and non-release of funds. The Road Construction department's budget was later passed by the legislative assembly by voice vote after the opposition members staged walk out.

(Agencies)

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