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$235 million for Bihar Rural Roads Project in India

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Staff Writer | December 22, 2016
The World Bank approved a $235 million credit for the Bihar Rural Roads Project to improve and effectively manage the state's rural road network.
Bihar Rural Roads
Asia   Bihar has constructed about 60,000 km of rural roads
The project will support the construction of about 2,500 km of rural roads under the Mukhiya Mantri Gram Sampark Yojana (MMGSY). The roads will be constructed using cost-effective designs and will incorporate engineering measures that ensure road safety.

The project will also suggest better contract management practices to avoid time and cost-over runs. This will gradually help transform the Rural Works Department (RWD) into a modern and high-performing road agency capable of building and maintaining its road assets on a sound technical and financial footing.

This project will provide all-weather road access to some 1.2 million people, most of whom belong to the poor and vulnerable sections of society (30 percent of the people who are to benefit live below the poverty line and about 48 percent of them are women).

The project will generate direct employment of about 20 million person days for local laborers through a rural road construction and maintenance program. The Government of Bihar has made "road connectivity to each habitation" among its top seven priorities.

In addition, its aim is to bring all parts of the state within five hours of travel time from the capital city of Patna.

While Bihar has constructed about 60,000 km of rural roads in the last decade, nearly 49 percent of its people still lack access to an all-weather road.

The RWD will prepare a road safety action plan for rural roads. Road safety engineering measures such as improved lane markings, protection structures, and road signs will be provided for.

The project will also undertake simple road safety audits during the design and construction stage as well as consult with local communities to identify their requirements for any road safety enhancements.