Yogi Adityanath’s government has launched a new campaign to make UP roads bump free. The total expenditure for this drive is around Rs 1,400 crore. The state government earmarked the money on May 6. The work has to be completed by June 15, that is before the onset of monsoon rains in the state, as per the target fixed by the Chief Minister.
The Lucknow zone has emerged as the zone with the maximum road potholes with the number reaching 1,632. Faizabad, Allahabad, Azamgarh, Agra and Gorakhpur come in next on the list, reported The Economic Times. These six zones also come on top for getting the money budgeted for the repair job. The condition of roads seems to be comparatively better in the Jhansi and Moradabad zones.
UP Public Works Department survey has found potholes on 85,943 kilometres, or about a third, of roads in the state. The CM ordered that a strict watch be kept to ensure that only good-quality material is used to repair the roads and that construction is video-graphed in the presence of a prominent public representative.
“The CM noted that UP’s image has taken a beating as roads are potholed as soon as a person crosses over into UP from other states. He wants UP’s roads to be of better construction quality than roads of adjoining states,” said the minutes of a recent review meeting held by CM.