Jharkhand : Multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday signed an agreement with India for providing new loan of $200 million to upgrade 176 km of roads in Jharkhand. The $200 million (Rs 1500 crore) agreement would fund Khunti-Tamar (43.7km), Govindpur-Tundi-Giridih (43.5km), Giridih-Jamua-Sharvan (45.2km) and Dumka-Hansdiha (44.2km) road projects. After the project agreement, work on the already sanctioned projects would begin at a fast pace.
For achieving faster growth, Jharkhand needs to improve mobility through better roads. This will enhance the state’s ability to systematically identify, analyse, develop and prioritise critical road safety measures, which will benefit all road users, it said. ADB’s India resident mission country director Teresa Kho said ADB has been supporting the state’s goals of improving road connectivity by providing an initial loan for upgrading 311 km of state roads in 2009.
Kho said that the new assistance will increase the institutional capacity of the State Highways Authority of Jharkhand (SHAJ) as an autonomous road development agency. “Together, the two projects are rehabilitating 487 km of state highways, she concluded,” she said.