The Union Government has recently approved Rs.4,130cr for the construction of 5,700 km of rural roads, the highest allotment for the state under Prime Minister Gramin Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) in the past 12 years, Rural Development, Minister, Jairam Ramesh said detailing that the funds in question have been sanctioned for all the 38 districts, 2,400 rural roads and apart from this 190 bridges would also be constructed. The minister said that out of the total funds, 80% would be spent on road construction in 10 districts including Araria, Aurangabad, Darbhanga, Jamui, Kaimur, Madhubani, Nawada, Sitamarhi, Rohtas, and West Champaran, majority of which are affected by Naxalites. In fact, over 36,400 slums in Bihar do not have link roads. Secretary, rural work department B Rajendra said that the concerned minister also assured that if the state government sent a proposal for construction of 8,000 km roads and upgrade of another 3,000 kms by October, his ministry would provide its approval for these projects.
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