Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government is in need of Rs 58,000 crore in the next five years for renovation and repair of roads in the urban areas. However, it is impossible for the municipal bodies to raise the enormous fund therefore the state is expecting a major allocation through 12th Five Year plan and other sources.

In the cities spread over 5838 sq km area of the state, there are roughly 74315 km of road network. Notably, out of the total roads there are only 48,000 km metalled roads and 15852 km semi-metalled roads. While, there are still some 10,000 km of non-metalled roads in the cities in state.

According to the 12th Five Year plan from 2012 to 2017, an expenditure of Rs 58,320 crore is needed for the repair and maintenance of the roads in the urban areas. Out of which Rs 14,981 crore will be required for the renovation of roads in mere 13 municipal corporations. For the maintenance of roads in remaining 194 municipalities, Rs 31, 805 crore is required and whereas for uplift of roads in the 423 panchayats, Rs 11,747 crore is needed.

Most of the municipal bodies in the state are faced with financial crunch and it is near impossible for them to carry out road maintenance through their own resources. In the last five years, the urban bodies in the state have an estimated expenditure of not more than Rs. 10,000 crore on maintenance and construction of new roads.