Agartala: In a first, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb launched a drive to construct 127-km brick soling village roads in just 72 hours in a single district — West Tripura — at Bhagalpur gram panchayat under Bamutia block.
Under the mission mode project, total 440 brick soling roads would be constructed under MGNREGA and FFC in West Tripura district.
“A total of 127-km-long brick soling road will be built in just three days with a generation of 1.50 lakh man-days under MGNREGA and which along with employment is also creating a permanent asset,” Deb said.
Construction of 127-km roads and generation of 1.50 lakh man-days in only 72 hours— both are going to set a record in Tripura.
He also said that many of the small villages across Tripura are yet to have road access. Keeping this view in mind, the state government initiated this historic drive from West Tripura and the remaining districts would also be covered under such mission mode, he said.
“During the tenure of the previous government, MGNREGA was mainly used politically and for luring cardholders before party rallies. But, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the present state government believe in asset creation,” the CM said adding, “The villagers who were deprived of the road facility for long are now happy to have road access in front of their houses — the initiative, I believe, will connect the villagers with development and send a strong message among the rural people,” he added.
When asked why for long there was no proper roads especially in the tribal prone ADC areas the CM replied, “Both the state and the ADC were ruled by the same party for a long period. The development works which are being implemented today should have been done by the then double-engine government but was neglected.”
“The BJP-IPFT government believes in ‘sab ka saath, sab ka biswas’ with time bound action in order to transform Tripura into a model state. The roads which are being built in the drive would go to Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana and then blacktop road would be constructed,” Deb added.
The government is implementing various works of road maintenance, infrastructure development, waterways connectivity, Agartala Smart City Mission and Feni bridge project.
“The previous government didn’t develop the roads even in plain lands. They used to think, if people walk on blacktop roads, they will not go to party rallies. The roads which are being built today could have been done 10 or 20 years ago,” he added.
Deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Verma and West Tripura district magistrate Sandeep N Mahatme, among others, were also present in the programme.