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Road construction paces up under Banerjee govt

KOLKATA: The state Public Works Department (PWD) constructed 247.99 percent more roads after the Mamata Banerjee government came to power compared to the last seven years of the Left Front regime.
Such a huge task has been carried out by maintaining transparency and quality as the department has so far blacklisted 33 contractors on the grounds of delayed implementation of project and using poor quality material.
While presenting the PWD Budget for 2018-19, Aroop Biswas, the state PWD minister has come up with the figures comparing the work done by the state government after the change of guard in 2011 and the situation that was in the seven years of the Left Front rule from 2004.
From 2004 to April 2011, the state PWD during the Left Front regime constructed only 1375.52 km state roads and 4058.20 km other roads. But the department under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has constructed 3535.89 km state roads and 9939.11 km other roads, said Biswas adding: "The data shows 247.99 percent more roads have been constructed in between 2011 and January 2018 compared to that of the last seven years of the Left Front government."
Biswas also took a dig at Left Front saying that the PWD used to run from party offices during their (Left Front's) time instead of the state Secretariat.
Biswas has also given a comparative figure of the money utilised out of the planned budget by the present government and in the past seven years of the erstwhile Left Front government. The planned budget of the Left Front government was Rs 5515.08 crore and they had utilised around Rs 3284 crore. While the present government has invested more than the planned budget that is Rs 13001.08 crore. But timely implementation of different projects has led to an investment of Rs 13898.81 crore.
Interestingly, the Left Front government built only 76 bridges in seven years' time while the Mamata Banerjee government has already constructed 109 bridges, 52 are under construction and tender process is going on for another 13 bridges.
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