Power Minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary told the media that the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has approved five road projects for the Sirmaur district.
The minister said that permission had been granted for three significant road construction and the progress of one link road in the Paonta Sahib Assembly constituency. The Central Government has provided forest clearance for the road up-gradation in the Pachhad constituency and the building of a road in the Renukaji Assembly constituency.
He said that permission had been granted to the 6.5-km Rajpur-Kuthiana road in the Paonta Sahib constituency to be constructed at Rs 10.49 crore, the 5.6-km road from Santoshgarh bridge to Fatehpur village on the Batta river banks for Rs 7.39 crore and the 1.83-km road from Gorkhuwala panchayat Ghar to Dudhla and Kharonla to be constructed at Rs 3.19 crore.
Chaudhary said approval had also been granted for the upgrade and improvement work on the 8.04-km Amargarh-Johdon-Kyarda-Jagatpur-IPH Colony Majra road in the Paonta Sahib constituency on the National Highway No 7 at Rs 10 crore. All formalities had been done for all these projects, and the tender process would begin soon.
The Power Minister said that the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had also given forest clearance for the link road construction from Madhana village to Phandibodiwala through Janglot in the Renukaji Assembly constituency.
He said that with this road construction, over 50,000 people in 30 panchayats of the region would be benefited. This would also promote religious tourism in the state because the distance to different religious places would decrease. This route would also prove to be advantageous for the Renuka Dam project.
He said that all mandated formalities were being finished so that the work on this road could begin soon. The long-pending demand of the people would be fulfilled by this road construction, he said.