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Funds for Maintenance of National Highways

Newdelhi:30/7/18:The Minister of State for Road Transport, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh L Mandaviya in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today informed that an amount of Rs. 2917.12 crore has been allocated for Maintenance and Repair (M&R) of National Highways (NHs) during 2018-19 for the entire country. So far, an amount of Rs. 24.00 crore has been allocated for the State of Chhattisgarh for M&R of NHs during year 2018-19.

The Minister of State further informed  the house that the inter-se priority for carrying out M&R of NHs, including the urgent repair works on NHs, generally depends upon nature and extent of damages, overall condition of NH stretches, traffic density, minimum works required to be undertaken to ensure traffic worthiness of NHs, the NH stretches under Defect Liability Period (DLP) obligation or stretches under Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT)/ Operate, Maintenance and Transfer (OMT) Concessions, ongoing works on NHs, status of action taken up for new developmental works, availability of funds, etc.

He informed the house that the need for major repairs on NHs is assessed based on nature and severity of damages. Detailed investigation is carried out to assess the damages to the NHs. Based on the outcome of the detailed investigation, the project reports are prepared for undertaking major works of permanent nature and works are sanctioned / implemented accordingly. However, till that time the temporary repair works are carried out to keep NHs in traffic worthy conditions as per inter-se priority and availability of resources.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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