Raipur, 20 February 2018
The State Assembly passed the Budgetary grants worth Rs Six thousand 197 crore 72 lakh 16 thousand of the Public Works, Housing, Environment and Transport department by a Voice Vote for the next fiscal 2018-2019. Minister Mr. Rajesh Munat tabled the demands in the House for the fiscal 2018-2019. The supplementary Budget is meant for roads and bridges (Rs 3132 crore), buildings (Rs 1329 crore), Housing projects (Rs 851 crore 47 lakh 83 thousand ) and Transport Department ( Rs 108 crore 64 lakh 86 thousand).
Mr. Rajesh Munat gave a detailed presentation of the Department’s achievements during the past. He gave details of the Budget proposals. Mr. Munat added that the Budget of the Department had increased manifold from the earlier Rs 773 crore. He had laid stress on the infrastructure development of roads, cause-ways and buildings in a major way. There is a network of culverts, bridges and roads in remote corners of the State. The lives of the citizens had been made comfortable in the recent past. Roads are being laid at a brisk pace. All the district headquarter towns are linked with either state or National Highways. The block headquarters are linked to district headquarters with two-lane state highways. He added that out of 146 blocks about 124 blocks are linked with two-lane highways.
Mr. Rajesh Munat said that in the fiscal 2018-2019, fly-over is being built at Telibandha at a cost of Rs 20 crore. A stadium is coming up at Idgah Bata at a cost of Rs 20 crore and Athletics Academy at a cost of Rs Three crore in the capital. Five Railway over-bridges are being built on National Highways under the Sethu Bharat Yojana. About 410 kilometer roads will be laid under the Chhattisgarh Economic Corridor Development Plan at a cost of Rs Ten thousand crore.
Mr. Rajesh Munat said that during the past 14 years about 39 thousand 961 kilometer roads had been upgraded and 995 bridges had been built. Mr. Munat said that Naya Raipur is being developed as per the aspirations of the population. It is becoming the centre of excellence for infrastructure, education, health and employment opportunities. It is the first Integrated Smart City in the entire nation. He added that Chhattisgarh is the first state to implement Prime Minister Urban Housing Project. About one lakh houses had been built by the Chhattisgarh ousing Board during the past 14 years. About 85 per cent of the houses had been allocated to the lower income groups.