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Physical Infrastructure

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Physical infrastructure has been and is being created and strengthened with the fund available under various developmental programmes / schemes. Infrastructure includes roads, irrigation embankments, schools / office buildings, tube wells, bridges, culverts, river lift irrigation, electrification etc.

Road

National Highway

Other Roads

Power

The initial thrust of agriculture and industrial development since independence has now been shifted to the development of road infrastructure during the last few years as an outcome of expanding economy. The district has national highway, state highway, major district roads and rural roads. The  length of N.H.-34 running through this district is 117 K.M. The State Highway has the total length of 39 K.M. The total length of metalled roads is 1019 K.M.

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National Highway (N.H.) network being the primary road network system play a vital role in transportation of commercial vehicles. National Highway Wing of  the State  P.W. ( Roads ) Department  acts  as  an implementing agency for the maintenance of the National Highway with the fund available from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of the Government of India. 117 K.M. length of N.H.-34 in the district is maintained by the N.H. Wing of the P.W.( Roads ) Directorate. N.H.-34 is the Main transport corridor linking the northern portion with the southern portion of the State.

Under the West Bengal Corridor Development Project the existing N.H. will be gradually improved to a two-lane facility (7.0 metre) with wider paved shoulder (2 x 2.5 metre) and soft verge (2 x 1.5 metre). The Project provides for geometric improvement of the alignment and profile of the existing N.H. strengthening of road structure to cater to the projected traffic, rehabilitation / replacement / widening of bridges and culverts, provision of additional waterways and also replacement of some rail-road crossings by construction of over-bridges.

The rural access road sections have been selected considering relative importance of the road sections to serve the rural people in terms of accessibility to market centres, popular villages etc. These road sections will be generally improved to intermediate lane facility with paved shoulders.

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There are two Highway Divisions in the district for construction and maintenance of Highways and other roads.

Highway Division No. - I

Type of road

Length in K.M.

Length of unmetalled portion in K.M.

State Highway

31.50

Nil

Major District Road

71.50

Nil

Rural Road

274.00

15.00

Highway Division No. - II

Type of road

Length in K.M.

Length of unmetalled portion in K.M.

State Highway

7.00

Nil

Major District Road

31.89

Nil

Rural Road

144.04

2.68

During the year 2001-02, National Highway Division - I spent Rs. 1195.93 lakhs for construction and maintenance of various types of roads. This Division has the target of spending Rs.1920.14 lakhs during the year 2002-03 for the same purpose.

In 2001-02 National Highway Division - II utilised Rs.124.88 lakhs for the construction and upkeep of different types of roads in the districts. This Division requires Rs. 143.00 lakhs during the year 2002-03 for the same purpose.

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There are 21 Sub-stations under the West Bengal State Electricity Board in the district of Nadia. 132 K.V.sub-stations are located at Ranaghat, Debagram and Kalyani and these sub-stations act as Grid sub-stations which provide power to different 66 K.V. and 33 K.V. sub-stations. There are three 66 K.V. sub-stations at Krishnanagar, Shantipur and Begula. Other sub-stations have the capacity of 33 K.V. The locations of 33 K.V. sub-stations are given below.

Kalyani University Gate
Kalyani WBIIDC, Phase-II
Kalyani WBIIDC, Phase-III
Subarnapur
Haringhata
Aranghata
Chakadaha
Fulia

Dhubulia
Nakashipara
Akandaberia
Palashi
Chapra
Tehatta
Karimpur

All the mouzas except one uninhabited mouza have already been electrified. The number of domestic consumers are 2,25,933 while the number of commercial consumers are 37,054. Moreover, 20,361 agricultural consumers have got power connection. At present the number of industrial consumers is 5,139. During the current year i.e. 2002-03 the capacity of Krishnanagar Sub-station will be  upgraded to 220 K.V. There is also a target of installation of four 33 K.V. Sub-stations during 2002-03. Moreover electrification in 130 mouzas is being intensified during the current year.

The West Bengal Rural Energy Development Corporation Ltd. (WBREDC) has been formed by the Government to undertake rural electrification work in the State on an urgent footing. The main objective of the scheme of rural electrification is to cover the virgin mouzas and at the same time to augment the present system of distribution of electricity to the remotest corner of the districts. In this district the Zilla Parishad has been monitoring the execution of the scheme of rural electrification out of the fund provided by WBREDC.

The achievement of the district...

Year

No. of mouzas for which fund sanctioned

No. of mouzas electrified during the year

No. of persons benefitted

No. of mouzas where work is going on

No. of mouzas where poles are being erected

1999-2000

73

45

2,388

8

73

2000-01 (1st phase)

77

16

1,000

6

73

2000-01 (2nd phase)

64

01

73

5

39

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