Some of the railway overbridges planned in the Vidharbha district of Maharashtra may not see the light of day if the state government refuses to fund the projects as requested by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation. The state government had earlier planned nine ROBs in Vidharbha region to give an impetus to the development of the region under 'Vidarbha Vikas Karyakram'.
ROBs have been planned under various schemes in different districts of Maharashtra
Out of the nine ROBs, MSRDC has decided to fund four ROBs (estimated to cost Rs 30 crore) from its own resources while it has requested the government to fund the remaining five. According to MSRDC, these projects are commercially not viable unless the government agrees to finance those projects. Of these five projects the cost of three have been estimated at Rs 22 crore; the cost of the other two have not yet been ascertained.
MSRDC is also planning to construct eight ROBs in Nagpur at an estimated cost of Rs 86 crore. This is part of Rs 350 crore Nagpur city Integrated Road Development Programme planned in February 2001. Funds required for this scheme will be through contribution from various agencies and partly through toll collection.
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