Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav directed officials to complete construction of four-lane roads connecting district headquarters and bridges over rivers within the stipulated deadline.

    “Good roads help in speeding up development. The roads not only reduce commutation time but also help in improving financial health of the state,” Yadav said during review of construction of roads and bridges on Wednesday.

    Yadav said that the SP government always stresses on good roads. “So when we came to power, our first priority was to improve roads and construct bridges over rivers. We ensured that all district headquarters were connected with all-season four-lane roads,” Chief Minister said.

    He gave specific directives to officials asking them to construct roads connecting Chitrakoot by November 2016, Deoria by October 2016, Balrampur by December 2016 and Lakhimpur Kheri, Hardoi and Gonda by March 2017.

    “All these should be four-lane all season roads and should be completed within specified time,” he said.

    Officers informed the CM that NHAI would connect Banda and Meerut headquarters by October 2016 and Uttar Pradesh State Highway Authority (UPSHA) will connect Sonebhadra by the end of this fiscal. Besides, Varanasi-Shaktinagar highway would be thrown open to public soon.

    Directives were also given to complete construction of bridge at Balua Ghat in Varanasi by October. The renovation of ghat in front of BHU’s gate facing Ramnagar should also completed by October 2016. Yadav also directed officials to complete the construction of bridges in Ghazipur, Bahraich, Mirzapur, Firozabad and Ballia.  George Iloka Jersey

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