On the occasion of Good Governance Day, the Union Minister for Rural Development Birender Singh said that his Ministry will totally revisit the specifications, standards and standards guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana( PMGSY) for reducing cost in construction of rural roads.
He said, by rescheduling the entire fixation of PMGSY, a lot of funds could be saved to build more roads in the rural areas and pointed out that 14 percent administrative expenses is too much in the overall budget. He also suggested that states should bear the burden for maintenance of roads as there is a dedicated machinery in each state to undertake such works. It is to be noted that under PMGSY-II, 50,000 kilometres of roads will be upgraded with complete central funding.
The Minister said, this year 14,000 crore rupees will be spent for providing road connectivity in the rural areas, which will facilitate poverty reduction on a large scale. He also pitched for large scale use of plastic waste in the construction of rural roads and said this will help in Swachh Bharat Mission. He expressed satisfaction that two-thirds of the habitations in the country have already been covered by PMGSY and also emphasized that all efforts will be made to take the scheme in the remotest nook and corner of the country.
Minister of State for Rural Development Sudarshan Bhagat said, so far more than One Lakh three thousand villages had been connected by this scheme and rural roads measuring more than 4 Lakh 16 thousand kilometres had been built. Bhagat said, in the coming days, focus will be to build roads in the 88 most backward Districts of the Country identified by the Planning Commission and the Home Ministry.