Center has been successful in constructing over 4.81 Lakh kilometers of road under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) as of 30 June. This information was given to the Lok Sabha on Thursday during the question hour.
Answering a question in regards to the progress under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kripal Yadav said that so far Rs 1.39 lakh crore have been released. He said that the out of this funds the States have reportedly spent Rs 1.5 lakh crore to built 4.81 lakh kilometers of roads to connect more than 1.192 lakh inhibited areas across the country.
Giving further details Mr. Yadav said that the Rural Development Ministry has already given green signal to 1.51 lakh areas out of 1.83 lakh. The states have submitted the report to the Ministry that 1.19 lakh areas have been connected by the construction of the new roads while 4.813 lakh existing roads have been upgraded under PMGSY as on 30 June.
Under the PMGSY the Center assists the State to enable the rural connectivity by constructing all-weather roads which will link the inhibited areas of the states. The areas having the population of 500 people in plain areas and 250 people and above in special areas in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand are eligible for the program. Besides these, there are several areas which have the population above 100 people which has been identified as critical by Home Ministry that has been covered under this program.
Finally Mr. Yadav added that to improve the effectiveness, PMGSY-II has been commenced by the Ministry to consolidate the existing rural road network
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