The government is likely to seek funds from the World Bank to improve and maintain the road network in the state, PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa informed the Assembly here on Friday. Replying to Congress member Shivanand S Patil, the minister said World Bank officials are scheduled to visit the state on December 4 to hold discussions with PWD officials on sanctioning loans.
Informing that the government is in favour of promoting private participation in developing and maintaining road networks, he said if no proper response is received, the government will not hesitate to execute the works. The government has released `245 crore for the maintenance of state highways and `162.90 for district roads. The Finance Department has released an additional grant of `125 crore for the maintenance of state highways.
In the wake of increasing vehicular traffic on Madikeri-Sullia Road, the government has decided to develop the Sullia-Sampaje Road connecting Subrahmanya.
547 Posts to be Filled
Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said the government will take measures to fill 547 posts on contract basis as against the total vacancies of over 4,556 posts in the Agriculture Department.