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Yamuna water to quench thirst of Jhunjhunu: Vasundhara Raje

Water from Yamuna river will quench thirst of Jhujnhunu district, claimed chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday and added that pipelines will be laid instead of canal to bring water under the project.“The government is in constant touch with Union water resources ministry to consider option of laying pipelines in place of canal to bring water from Yamuna,” Raje told the locals during the ‘CM Jan Samwad programme’ held at a private school.The CM also made a veiled attack on the Congress for making no efforts to provide water to the district of Shekhawati region. “We made efforts to supply water to Jhunjhunu rising above the politics. In four-year rule so far, we brought water from Kumbharam Lift canal to several areas here. The rest will also be covered and get water from the canal as Detailed project report (DPR) is being drafted for this,” Raje said.She also said that her government plans to set up a state sports academy in Jhunjhunu on the line of NIS Patiala. Also, a military school with an estimated cost of Rs184 crore will be developed here. “Our government is committed to giving opportunities to youths to make a career in sports. We have announced to set up a sports academy here which will be linked to the rest of seven academies of the state. This will motivate youth to take up sports as a career.”

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‘Bharatmala’ to benefit border districts of state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Border districts in Rajasthan are going to be the biggest beneficiaries of central government’s ambitious ‘Bharatmala’ project. The project will strengthen road network in border areas connecting villages on the western front with national highways.Under the project, the state will have 1800km roads running through Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer and Sriganganagar with estimated expenditure of Rs 10,000 crore. Apart from strategic benefits, the network will also provide the transport facility to the people in these tough terrains who have been living without roads even during peace time.National highway authority of India (NHAI) will begin work on 1400km roads in March next year. The project will be completed in two years. “This is an important project from national security point of view as well as providing road connectivity to the people in border areas,” said MK Jain, NHAI CGM.Since, land could not be acquired for 400km stretch; the work will begin after completion of acquisition process. The road network in border areas is in pathetic condition at present.The central government has prepared 10 packages for Rajasthan, under which eight in Barmer and two in Jodhpur would connect these districts with other border districts. The DPR consultant has been appointed and agreements have been signed. The package include road connectivity to Tanot from Jaisalmer, Munabao to Tanot, Pokran to Uttarlai, Ganganagar to Suratgarh and Baap to Ramdevra. All packages will have four-lane paved shoulders.

Centre sanctions Rs 600 crore for Assam’s road repair and river dredging

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Wednesday sanctioned Rs 200 crore for repair of national highways in Assam which was damaged by the recent floods.Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, promised more fund for repair of the north eastern state’s highway network after a central team completes an assessment of the exact damage.A statement from the ministry of Road Transport and Highways stated that the minister has also sanctioned Rs 400 crore for dredging work in Brahmaputra.Gadkari said the Brahmaputra Express Highway will be constructed in Assam as a highway-cum-embankment to check floods in future.A delegation from Assam, led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, met Gadkari On Wednesday.The minister said the situation in Assam has been reviewed and Rs 200 crore was sanctioned for repairing damaged national highways, adding that additional funds of Rs 400 crore has been sanctioned for dredging in Brahmaputra river, also for the purpose of controlling floods.The minister said floods get worse in Brahmaputra as silt is not removed from the river bed.”Large scale work needs to be done and we have sanctioned Rs 400 crore for dredging in the 600-km length,” Gadkari said, adding that the work will start in September.He said it is for the first time that the Centre would construct seven bridges in Assam as against three bridges which were built after independence.”Work on two bridges are on and detailed project report (DPR) will be made for the others soon,” he said, adding that the government plans a multi-purpose express highway in Assam, for which the state government will prepare a DPR.”The dredging material will be used in the multipurpose express highway. It will also act as an embankment of Brahmaputra, for controlling floods,” he said.The proposal for the 5,000-km express highway was submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 18, and its cost would be assessed after the completion of its DPR.Aside Sonowal, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan also met Gadkari on Wednesday and discussed about Vizhinjam Port and expansion of highways in the southern state.A release stated Gadkari has assured the Kerala chief minister that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will soon be floating tenders for six laning of highways in the state.

UP CM pushes for digital govt records, wants ‘e-office’ by Oct

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today directed officials to implement e-office system in the state secretariat from October 1 and asked them to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for the same by June 15. Under the e-office system, physical files would be replaced with digital files, which would expedite disposal of files by prevent time wastage. “Chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar has been directed by the CM to present a DPR of e-office system implementation by June 15. The CM has stressed that was most necessary for better maintenance and upkeep of records and files and making the running of the system more easy and transparent,” an official spokesman said here. The CM has formed a group of officials who would deliberate on required hardware, software, training of personnel and making way for digitisation of existing physical files for implementation of the system.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre not giving approval of DPR for Patna Metro: Hazari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Urban Development and Housing Minister Maheshwar Hazari today charged the Centre of meting out step-motherly treatment to the state by not giving its in principle approval of DPR for Patna Metro. “It has been more than a year since the Patna Metro project’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) is pending for clearance with the Central government. The Centre has not given its in-principle approval to the project for metro in Patna. The Government of India should give its approval to the metro project at the earliest,” Hazari said in the state Legislative Council. “The Central government is meting out step-motherly treatment to the state and is not giving approval due to political rivalry…It is okay if the Centre does not give a penny to the project but it should just give the clearance to the DPR at the earliest. We will complete the project on our own resources,” Hazari said. The minister was replying to debate on his department’s budgetary allocation of Rs 4335.01 crore for 2017-18 which was subsequently passed by the ruling benches amid walk out by BJP led NDA members due to government’s unsatisfactory reply. Referring to his meeting with the Union Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu vis-a-vis metro project, the minister said the Union minister had asked him (Hazari) to send the state government’s DPR. “We have sent it one year ago but it is still lying with the Centre. The Centre gave its clearance to the metro project of Nagpur within 15 days,” he said while accusing the Centre of meting out step-motherly treatment. He charged the Narendra Modi-led Central government of effecting a heavy slash in its share in almost every scheme which has adversely affected poor states.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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