Kamal Nath blames excess rains for bad condition of roads

November 9th, 2010 - 7:11 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Nov 9 (ANI): Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Kamal Nath on Tuesday put the blame on excess rains in the current year for the bad condition of roads in some parts of the country.

“It is true that the condition of highways is not good in some parts. This year we had excess rains,” said Kamal Nath, while replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour here today.

Kamal Nath further said his Ministry has written a letter to the Finance Ministry for increased allocation for maintenance and repair of highways.

“We hope that the Finance Minister will agree to our proposal,” he said.

Kamal Nath also faced some tough questions with regard to the target set by his Ministry to build 20 kilometers of road per day in the country.

“It is impossible to build 20 km of road per day in the current circumstances. Right now, projects for laying 14,704 kms of road was under implementation and this year we hope to add between 8,000-10,000 km. We will be able to move towards achieving the 20 km per day target after one year,” said Kamal Nath asserting that he never said the ministry would achieve the target immediately.

Kamal Nath had on May 31 announced the 20-kilometer-per day road project that would involve the construction of 20 kilometers of road per day in the country. (ANI)

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