The Central Government has claimed to connect nearly 85% of 178,184 eligible rural residences by all-weather roads, under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) with the support of the State Government.
What is Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)?
On 25 December 2000, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was started to provide all-weather road connectivity to rural areas in the country with completely supported central sponsorship schemes. The programme envisions connecting all areas with a population of 500 people and above in the plain areas, tribal areas, desert areas, and in hill states 250 persons and above.
Nevertheless, the aim of the PMGSY scheme is to ensure good all-weather road connectivity to unconnected areas and, as such, the introduction of new connectivity will take precedence in accordance with the program objectives. In the last 16 years since the program began, approximately 480,000 km of rural roads had been built. The PMGSY only allows for a single road connection in rural areas. It is one of the government's most focused programs introduced during the previous NDA regime, in 2000 to boost the rural economy.
Latest News under PM Sadak Scheme
Road connectivity in the rural areas of Telangana will soon be reshaped under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The government has issued Rs 2,000 crore to establish roads from villages to educational institutions, health centres, clinics, and agriculture market committees, in Mandals and district headquarters towns.
To develop 2,427 km of rural roads in Telangana, the central government has given the green signal. The state government will bear 40% of the total cost, while as per the guidelines of the scheme centre will release its share. Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Mr Errabelli Dayakar Rao said proposals would be prepared in such a manner that at least 20km stretch would be covered in every assembly constituency under Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana.
The Minister announced that stakeholder and elected representatives should consult and seek official’s advice prior to drafting legislation. During the current fiscal era, almost 800 km of roads can be developed. There would also be an additional development for 1,600 km roads at the rate of 800 km each by 2020-21 and 2021-22.
The main roads in villages that are only 12 feet wide would be expanded to 18.5 feet. The main objectives have been to improve access to universities, hospitals and agriculture market committees. Since its establishment, Telangana has been awarded Rs 1,226 crore under PMGSY.
The state government wrote to the Centre that the previous nine districts of the undivided Andhra Pradesh region in Telangana were recognized as backwards districts and funded road development works with 90% of the Centre's share and 10% of the state government under the Backward Regions Grant Fund. For preceding the works, the state proposed the central government to grow the number of roads accumulated length from 2,427 km to 4,000 km and extend funding under BRGF.
Key Priorities of PMGSY
- All eligible habitations under PM Gram Sadak Yojana are targeted to be completed by March 2019.
- The Ministry has decided to construct 61,000 km road length by providing connectivity to 19,725 habitations.
- The target of about 12,000 km has been set for construction of roads using green technologies. About 8,670 inspections of National Quality Monitors and 35,630 inspections of State Quality Monitors are targeted to be completed.
However, the Scheme has started with an aim to change the lifestyle of many villagers with new roads and upgrades.
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By: Shailaja K