Government of India has released Rs. 15 crore in 2013-14 and till now in 2014-15 Rs. 4.56 crore on maintenance
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that despite several requests by state government for proper maintenance and repairs of the national highways, the situations have shown very little improvement. He also directed officials at a high level meeting of officials to make fresh requests to the union government for the same.
Informing this, a state spokesman said that senior officials that maintenance of 3600 km national highways falling in UP is done on behalf of the union surface transport and highways ministry by the state PWD department. For maintenance of these national highways the state received a paltry sum of Rs. 15 crore during the financial year 2013-14 and till now, in the financial year 2014-15 it has got a meagre Rs. 4.56 crore as funds, which was far less from the actual needs.
The spokesman further informed that the total length of the national highways in the state was 7600 km of which 4,000 km are maintained by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). For the remaining 3600 km, the maintenance and repairs are done by the PWD department of the state government on behalf of the Surface Transport and Highways Ministry.
According to the spokesman, the condition of national highways coming under the NHAI is in very bad shape and is leading to inconvenience to commuters. He cited the example of Varanasi-Ghazipur- Gorakhpur (NH29), Rae Bareli-Allahabad (NH24B), Tanda-Lalganj2 Fatehpur-Banda (NH232), Aligarh-Kanpur (NH91), Rampur-Rudrapur (NH87) where the condition of roads was very pitiable.
It is pertinent to point out here that the UP Chief Minister had in September 2013 and March 2014 had written to the union surface transport and highways ministry pointing out at the poor condition of the national highways and seeking funds to maintain them. Other than this, the PWD Minister Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav had also written many such letters and had personally met the Union Surface Transport and Highways minister in October 2013 in New Delhi and sought the repairs and prompt maintenance of the highways.
Despite this, the state government spokesman said, not much headway was made in this direction. Because of the bad condition of the roads hence, the people are being put to inconvenience and lot of trouble, the spokesman added.