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Will make roads in MP like ‘Hema Malini’s cheeks’: Minister

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh minister P C Sharma has said the pothole-ridden roads in Bhopal would soon be made "pretty" like actor-turned-politician Hema Malini's "cheeks".
Expressing concern over the bad condition of roads, the state law minister said the roads have spots similar to small-pox, like "the (BJP general secretary) Kailash Vijayvargiya's cheeks".
"Under the leadership of Public Works minister Sajjan Vermaji and directives of chief minister Kamal Nathji, the roads would be repaired in 15 days. They will be made 'chakachak' (pretty), like Hema Malini's cheeks, in 15 to 20 days," Sharma told reporters here on Tuesday.
He was accompanied by minister Verma during inspection of a road near Habibganj railway station.
"Roads in the state were built like that of Washington and New York. What happened to these roads in just one rain (monsoon)? There are potholes everywhere," the minister said.
He was apparently referring to former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's remarks made two years ago, when he said the state's pathways were better than those in Washington.
Last week, minister Verma said the state government demanded 1,188 crore from the Centre to repair roads, culverts and bridges under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).
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