During the 2013-14 financial year, 5,000 km rural roads are programmed for completion under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
According to Rural Development Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh, an estimated Rs2,000 crore has been earmarked for rural connectivity under the PMGSY, a 100 per cent Centre-funded programme. Last year, he said 3,000 km rural roads were targeted for completion under the scheme.
He also said that there was a target to complete 225 rural buildings and take up 1,766 new buildings for hospital during 2013-14.
Arukh said that as per the new guidelines of the Union Government, it was programmed to undertake road connectivity in the villages having population over 250 in 18 IAP districts under the PMGSY. In the 12 non-IAP districts, all-weather road connectivity would be constructed in the villages having population over 500. However, in the scheduled areas, road connectivity would be provided in the villages with more than 250 population, he informed.
The Rural Development Minister said since the implementation of the PMGSY in December 2000 till February 2013, the Centre had sanctioned Rs15,360 crore for completion of 10,518 rural roads covering 41,260 km.
By end of February last, the State Government had completed 6,775 rural roads covering 25, 041 km by the utilising Rs9,518 crore out of the Rs9,621 crore available Central funds, he said.
Stating that around 98.85 per cent of the total released funds have been utilised for rural connectivity under the PMGSY, Arukh said that during the financial year 2012-13 till end of February, the Rural Development Department had completed 1,961 km road by spending Rs986 crore.
Pointing out that the State Government is implementing different schemes for providing better road connectivity and institutional support in rural areas, Arukh said that under the Biju Setu Yojana (BSY) alone, 600 new bridges have been programmed for construction over a period of next three years.
It has been decided to include 200 more rural bridges under the BSY during 2013-14 at an estimated cost of Rs150 crore. Besides, he said an amount of Rs240 crore has been provided towards State share of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Scheme (RWSSS) for completion of 1,200 rural piped water projects and installation of 35, 000 spot sources, including tube wells and sanitary wells during the current financial year.
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