The Rajasthan government on Monday announced to execute a road development programme covering all the state highways, major district roads and roads leading to tourists and religious destinations.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in the Budget 2014-15 speech also announced to develop six roads of 1,000 km as East-West Corridor, establishment of Rajasthan State Highway Authority, output and performance based road contract system (OPRC system) for proper maintenance and development of one road in every Panchayat under 'Gramin Gaurav Path Scheme'.
The Chief Minister, who holds the Finance portfolio, announced that 530 villages with population of 250 to 499 would be connected by roads with assistance of World Bank. Raje also announced to denationalised all the nationalised routes in phased manner to improve public transport system and facilities in towns and villages near such routes, establishment of Rajasthan State Bus Port Services Corporation to develop and manage bus-stands in an effective manner, provision of Rs 360 crore for providing equity to Rajasthan State Bus Port Services Corporation through RSRTC.
Monthly grants of Rs 10 crore to debt-ridden RSRTC on fulfilment of commitments under 'Reform Linked Agenda', establishment of 16 computerised border check posts and weigh bridges through PPP mode were among other announcements.
For the sector of urban infrastructure, Raje announced to merge RUIDP and RAVIL to form Rajasthan Urban Drinking Water, Sewerage and Infrastructure Corporation, sewerage and urban water management works in 6 districts of Pali, Tonk, Bhilwara, Hanumangarh, Sriganganagar and Jhunjhunu at an estimated cost Rs 2,160 crore.
She announced to introduce Rajasthan Town Planning and Urban Development Bill on the pattern of Gujarat for the development of cities, satellite towns, colonies and housing, Rajasthan Apartment Ownership Bill for giving rights regarding common area and facility use to purchaser of apartments, Rajasthan Urban Land (Certification of Title) Bill for maintenance of land records in the urban area and 'Heritage Conservation Bill' for the maintenance of heritage properties.
Convergence of various individual benefit schemes for BPL families under Swavlamban Yojna, special infrastructure package of Rs 1,000 crore for TSP, Rs 300 crore each for Mewat Area, Magra Scheme and Dang Area and Rs 500 crore for Devnarain Scheme were among other budget announcements for the rural infrastructure area.
She also announced construction of of new warehouses for storage of 3.10 LT capacity with Rs 150 crore from NABARD. For improving social infrastructure, Raje earmarked Rs 276.42 crore the construction of 4850 new Aanganbadi buildings, repairing of 41,932 Aanganbadi buildings and upgradation of 611 Aanganbadi buildings.
In addition Raje announced to set up six hostels for the students belonging to SC and five for students of SC categories, strengthening of education and health infrastructure in 8 minority blocks under Minority Area Development Scheme, provision of Rs 58 crore for Madarsas.