Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, on Monday (7 November) inaugurated and laid foundation stone for 13 highway projects in Madhya Pradesh.
These 543 km long road projects are taken up at a cost of over Rs 5,300 crore. They connect Mandla with Jabalpur, Dindori, Balaghat districts and also reduce travel time between Jabalpur and capital Bhopal.
On this occasion, the foundation stone of 112 km, four lane Jabalpur Ring Road was laid to be built at a cost of Rs 3,600 crore under Bharatmala project.
This ring road will be built on Barela – Malegaon – Shahpura – Bhatauni – Kushner – Amjhar – Barela road, which will include a bridge over river Narmada, 750 meters Iconic Bridge and ROB at Bhedaghat and ROB at Deori.
“The natural beauty of Mandla and Kanha National Park have always attracted tourists. With the construction of these road projects, this area and its forest dwellers will get better facilities,” Gadkari said.
The Minister said with the construction of these routes, religious places like Pachmarhi, Bhedaghat and Amarkantak as well as traffic from Jabalpur via Amarkantak to Bilaspur, Raipur and Durg will be easy.
Gadkari said that 53 km from Hiran river to Singur river and 12 km 4-lane construction of Nauradehi WildLife Sanctuary will save two hours travel time from Jabalpur to Bhopal.
“The farmers of Narsinghpur, the largest producer of sugarcane and pulses, will be able to take their grains to the mandis of Malwa and Central region. Along with this, 23 underpasses and 5 minor bridges are also being built for the convenience and safety of animals in the Wild Life Sanctuary,” he added.