Dawn Punjab Bureau / Chandigarh : To facilitate transportation of farm produce to the Mandis, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday approved Rs. 1122 crore for repair of 8198 Km link roads and directed the Mandi Board to complete the project by March 31, 2022.
The Chief Minister ordered the allocation as part of the Link Road Repair Programme 2021-22 (Phase-IV), aimed at strengthening rural infrastructure in the state.
It may be recalled that the Captain Amarinder Singh led Government had, immediately after assuming office in March 2017, given approval to the Mandi Board for undertaking repair of the link roads in 12,581 villages across the State, to provide easy access to the farmers for selling their crops in 1872 mandis. As per the state policy, link roads become due for repair after every 6 years.
Giving details of the link roads/culverts and bridges constructed since April 2017, the Secretary Mandi Board Ravi Bhagat said that of total length of link roads of 64878 Km in the state, repair/upgradation of 34977 Km link roads had been successfully completed in three phases, at a cost of Rs. 4112 crore.
In addition, 1507 culverts/bridges are being upgraded at a cost of Rs. 389 crore. Of these, the upgradation work has been implanted on 966 culverts/bridges, added Bhagat.