PMGSY well on its way to achieving March 2019 target: Govt.

The Government has said that the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), its flagship rural roads programme, is well on its way to achieving its March 2019 target, having been able to provide connectivity to 1,52,124 habitations (85.37% against 1,78,184 eligible ones).
"Sensing the importance and urgency of rural roads for national development the target date for completion of PMGSY-I has been advanced from 2022 to 2019,"  an official press release said here yesterday.
Working towards this accelerated target, sanctions have been given to 1,66,012 habitations (93%) against the target of 1,78,184 eligible habitations. PMGSY through its all-weather roads has contributed this key ingredient of development to 11,499 new unconnected habitations for the first time in 2017-18, it said.
Less than 1% eligible habitations remain to be sanctioned for new connectivity under PMGSY, while remaining 6% habitations are either not-feasible or sanctioned by the States from their own resources, the release said.
According to it, connectivity has been provided to 1,52,124 habitations (including 16,380 habitations connected by the States). In addition, 2109 habitations of the 100-249 population have been connected. Under the program, 5,50,533 km road length has been constructed.
This centrally sponsored programme implemented in partnership with the state governments has seen the greater focus and consistent improvement in pace and quality in the last three years, it said.
The release said the pace of construction of PMGSY roads reached an eight-year high of 134 km per day in 2017-18 as against an average of 73 km during the period 2011 to 2014. A total of 48,751 km of PMGSY roads, connecting 11,499 eligible habitations have been constructed in 2017-18 at an average rate of 134 km per day, it said.
PMGSY II was launched in 2012-13. So far, 13 states have moved to stage II of the programme. As against a target of 50,000 km, 32,024 km has been sanctioned and 17,705 km road length has been upgraded. Other states are likely to move to PMGSY II in FY 2018-19.
The Union Cabinet has approved a special project for Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremist Areas (RCPLWE) in December 2016. Out of 340 roads of 5,411.81 km and 126 bridges approved by the Cabinet, 268 roads of 4,134.69 km and 181 bridges were also sanctioned in 2017-18.
Works in these areas are likely to be completed by 2020. This is over and above the special provision for 100-249 population villages in 267 left wing extremist (LWE) affected Blocks, where work is likely to be completed by 2020, it said.
In the last few years, 33,888 km of road length has been sanctioned and 17,785 km of road length constructed. During the financial year 2017-18, a record length of 6,313 km has been constructed using green technologies. Rajasthan, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand are using this in building green PMGSY roads.
All eligible habitations under PMGSY-I are targeted to be completed by March 2019. Accordingly, Ministry has set a target of construction of 61,000 km road length by providing connectivity to 19,725 habitations during the financial year 2018-19.
Similarly, a target of about 12,000 km has been set for construction of roads using green technologies. During the financial year 2018-19, about 8,670 inspections of National Quality Monitors and 35,630 inspections of State Quality Monitors are targeted to be completed, the release added.
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