The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the proposals of the Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development for the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana phase-I and II up to September, 2022 for completion of the remaining road and bridge projects. The CCEA also approved the continuation of the Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas (RCPLWEA) up to March 2023.
The Government of India runs PMGSY to provide connectivity to unconnected habitations of population size over 500 in plain areas and over 250 in North-East and Himalayan states. In selected left-wing extremism blocks, habitations of over 100 population were also to be provided connectivity. Only 2,432 habitations are remaining out of a total of 184,444 habitations. 20,950 Km road length and 1,974 bridges are balance for completion out of the total sanctioned 645,627 Km road length and 7,523 bridges. Thus, these works will now get completed.
Under PMGSY-II, an up-gradation of 50,000 Km rural road network was envisaged. Total 49,885 Km road length and 765 LSBs have been sanctioned, of which only 4,240 Km road length and 254 bridges are remaining to be completed. Thus, these works will now get completed.
The majority of pending works under PMGSY-I and II are in the North-East and hill states due to factors such as Covid lockdown, extended rains, winters and forest issues. The states have been requesting the Central government for extension of time to complete these crucial works related to the rural economy. Extension of time up to September 2022 is being granted to help these states to complete the balance works.
PMGSY promotes the use of new and green technology in the construction of rural roads. Locally available materials are used in road construction in order to promote cost-effective and fast construction. So far more than one lakh km road length has been taken up using new and green technology, out of which, more than 61,000 km has been completed.
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