Authority attains 62 per cent of its GTP

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Addis Ababa, 3 February 2014 (WIC) –Some 9,156 kms roads were built during the first three years of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) period, the Ethiopian Road Authority (ERA) said.   
Ethiopia has set a plan to build 14, 787 kms roads the in the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) period, which is expected to end in June 2015.
Authority Communication Directorate Director, Samson Wondimu, told WIC the authority managed to build 9,156-km in the first three years of the GTP period, thereby attaining 62 per cent of its target.       
In a related development, the authority also carried out the construction and upgrading of 701kms roads as well as seasonal maintenance on 7, 155 kms roads in the first six months of this budget year, he said.
According to Samson, more than 30 billion birr budget was allocated for the road sector this budget year. Some 8.8 billion birr of the total budget will be covered by foreign aid and loan while the balance will be covered by the government.  
ERA is doing its level best to finalize road projects as per schedule, it was learnt.