On Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Trinamool Congress has to play a major role in building a better India in the days to come. She will kick-start with major state-wide projects for new roads and will be doubling the existing ones.
She will initiate construction of 8,700 kilometre of rural roads while providing financial aid to construct houses to over five lakhs economically challenged people. “The new roads would be flagged off on 13 February from Nadia”, said Pradip Kr Mazumdar, the agriculture advisor to the chief minister.
“Out the 8700 km of roads, approximately 75 per cent will be new Grameen (village) roads while the rest is modernisation of roads. The state government has already built 23,000 km of rural roads,” he told.
She also asked her party-workers to launch a social media campaign to highlight the works done by the state government.
Road infrastructure is crucial for rural development as it offers connectivity allowing greater economic activities, Mazumdar said.
The entire funding for rural roads was recovered from the Centre but under the revised terms, the Centre has reduced its contribution to 60 per cent of the cost.
West Bengal Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee had recently said, “West Bengal government was planning to construct 13,000 kilometres of rural roads in the state at an outgo of INR 7800 crores”.
West Bengal would require to spend Rupees 3,100 crore as state’s share. The Mamata Banerjee government would also provide Rs 2,700 crore to widen and renovate 3,000 km of rural roads.
Speaking just before the unveiling of the 2018 state budget, she said that her party does not make ‘vote budgets’ but ‘development budgets’.