Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today launched Phase-III of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana in New Delhi to further enhance connectivity of villages with hospitals, schools and agricultural markets.
The Phase-III of PMGSY aims at consolidation of 1 lakh 25 thousand Kilometers through Routes and Major Rural Links that connect habitations to Gramin Agricultural Markets, Higher Secondary Schools and Hospitals with an estimated cost of 80 thousand 250 crore rupees for the period 2019-20 to 2024-25.
The Central Share will be 53 thousand 800 crore rupees. The funding pattern for the scheme will be 60:40 between Centre and the States. For North-East and the Himalayan States the ratio will be 90:10.
Addressing a gathering, Mr Tomar said that PMGSY is an important program for the nation. The Minister hailed the vision of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said that he was determined to complete this difficult task and it was his vision and efforts that today more than 6 Lakh Kilometres of Roads have been constructed across rural India.
The Minister highlighted the importance of roads in bringing about all-round positive development and empowering the villages.
Mr Tomar emphasised that States must ensure that maintenance of roads is done on a regular basis to ensure that the quality of roads remains good. He further said that now with the launch of Phase III of PMGSY, States must begin preparing and ensure effective implementation of the scheme.
He expressed happiness that as on 16th of this month, a total of one lakh 53 thousand 491 rural road works have been completed under the PMGSY Scheme connecting 97.27 per cent of the eligible and feasible habitations and adding up a road length of 6 lakh 7 thousand 900 Kilometres across the country.
A road length of 36 thousand 63 Kilometres has been constructed using green technologies, a major portion of which includes Waste plastic and cold mix technology.
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