PATNA: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister,  Sushil Kumar Modi, while addressing an ‘orientation-cum-workshop programme’ of newly appointed assistant engineers conveyed that since 2006, Rs. 1.19 lakh crore had been spent regarding the development in the state. This included construction of buildings and maintenance of roads in Bihar.

“In the last 12 years Rs. 1.19 lakh crore was spent against Rs 6071 crore which was spent during 15-years rule of RJD-Congress regime. A sum of Rs. 6071 crore was spent on the construction and maintenance of roads in the state during 15 years of RJD-Congress regime between 1990-2005, whereas the state has spent Rs. 1.19 lakh crore on the construction and maintenance of roads, which is 19 times since 2006,” the deputy chief minister said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led NDA government has ruled the state since November 2006 except the period between November 2015 and July 2017, in which Nitish Kumar shared power with Lalu Prasad’s RJD in the state.

As per the sources, the government including rural works and road construction departments has come up with a budget of Rs. 17,000 crore for constructing new roads in the current financial year of 2018-19. While addressing the ‘orientation-cum-workshop programme’, the deputy chief minister added that 15 per cent of the said amount will be spent on maintenance.

Talking about the bitumen scam, the minister said that the scam took place in the name of maintenance of old roads in the state. He asserted, “44,650 MT bitumen were purchased for constructing 84 km of new roads in 1990-91 in the state apart from road widening work of 138 km.”

He also informed that in the year 1995-96, the quantum of bitumen rose to more than double at 94,000 MT. This happened when only 6 km new roads in total were constructed in the state while no road widening work was done in the state, the minister added.

Sushil Kumar Modi ended his speech by informing that Bihar is ranked third in terms of road construction on every 100 sq km road network in the country.