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In a major infrastructure and connectivity boost for the State of Madhya Pradesh Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, today (17 September) inaugurated or laid the foundation stone for 34 road projects worth Rs 9,577 crore, reports Economic Times.
These projects were linked to 1,356-km-long roads in Madhya Pradesh. Of these, a 168 km stretch of Gwalior-Jhansi-Khajuraho road, constructed at a cost of Rs 2,209 core, was inaugurated.
At the function, Gadkari went on to announce that more such projects worth more than a lakh crore will be sanctioned for the state by the Centre in the coming days. He said, “I have sanctioned Rs 1.50 lakh crore for roads projects in MP so far. I am going to sanction Rs 1 lakh crore more for road projects in the coming days.”
Chief Minister (CM) Shivraj Singh Chouhan also took part in the function. Also in attendance via online medium were various Union Ministers who hail from the state. These included Narendra Singh Tomar, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Virendra Kumar, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Prahlad Patel.
Earlier, Gadkari also inspected the progress of the under-construction Delhi-Mumbai Expressway at Jaora in MP's Ratlam district. At the function, he stated, “I ran a vehicle at a speed of 160km per hour on the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.”