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Odisha continues to lead among states in constructing rural roads under PMGSY




 Odisha continues to lead in constructing rural roads in the country under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

Reports suggest, 20 kilometres of road in rural areas are added every day in the State. Secretary, State Rural Development Department Bishnupada Sethi today took stock of road development projects being taken up by his department.  The latest status report on PMGSY reveals that Odisha is leading among all states in the implementation of the flagship programme. The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) is continuously monitoring the progress of PMGSY.

While the PMGSY target for 2017-18 is 7,000 km, Odisha has completed 2,911 km as of today, which is highest among all other states, reveled the status report. While Odisha achieved 2,911 km, it is followed by Madhya Pradesh at 2,829 km and Bihar at 2,201 km. Interestingly, Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has set the target of 7,000 km for both Odisha and Bihar. As the State government is moving at a faster speed, MoRD is inclined to raise the target of PMGSY for Odisha to 10,000 KM, said sources. During this year the State government has targeted to connect as many as 2,800 habitations and till date it has connected 647 habitations.

As far as entire PMGSY performance is concerned, Odisha has completed construction of over 42,000 km of roads connecting over 13,000 habitations under PMGSY. With such a feat, the State has been rated as a lead performer in implementation of PMGSY, pointed out Secretary, Union Ministry of Rural Development, Amarjit Sinha during his recent visit to the State. Encouraged by the pace of work, Sinha has cleared all the 265 Detailed Project Report (DPR)s pending with the Union government.

The field work is going on in full swing for completion of another 14,800 km of road that will connect 14,800 more habitations. Sethi said that these projects would be completed by March 2019. PMGSY is being implemented with fund support from both the Central and State governments on 60:40 basis. Records show apart from the villages connected through PMGSY, 8,023 more villages have also been connected through rural roads with the State’s own funding.

Now the major bridge on Gurupriya river is nearing completion. Once it is completed,  it has been decided that the Detailed Project Reports for connecting 92 habitations in Malkangiri district would be submitted to MoRD for approval. This will help people in cut-off areas and improve rural connectivity in the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) zone, said Engineer -In-Chief Rural Works, Bharat Chandra Pradhan.






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