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20 km road to be developed in each Assembly segment

Nagesh Prabhu

3,714 km of road will be developed in the next 12 to 18 months: Shettar


Rs. 28 lakh would be spent for developing one km road under the scheme

Connectivity to be provided to villages with a population more than 500 persons


Bangalore: With an objective of providing better road connectivity to rural areas, the State Government has prepared a Rs. 170-crore plan for developing 20 km of roads in each Assembly constituency under the Mukhya Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana.

The Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Department, which has prepared a detailed project report on the project, has decided to develop 3,714 km of roads in the State in the next 12 to 18 months.

Minister for RDPR Jagadish Shettar told The Hindu that he had instructed all zilla panchayats to finalise tenders and Rs. 28 lakh would be spent for developing one km road under the scheme. The programme , which is formulated on the lines of Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), aims at providing all-weather road connectivity to all rural habitations with a population more than 500 persons. The scheme focusses on the district and village roads.

The State Government has developed and maintained 2,202 km of roads in 2008-09 (Rs. 198 crore), 3471 km in 2009-10 (Rs. 144 crore) and 5,265 km as on December-end of 2010-11 (Rs. 98 crore) under the under Mukhya Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana, according to officials in the department.

PMGSY

The Department submitted a proposal to the Union Ministry of Rural Development seeking Rs. 1,400 crore for developing nearly 4,000 km of roads in the ninth phase of the PMGSY of the Union Government. In the eighth phase, the State Government executed works worth Rs. 755.89 crore. But the Centre had not released Rs. 472.28 crore for the works executed, Mr. Shettar said.

Funds spent

The PMGSY was launched in the State in 2000. A total of 2,090 km of road was developed in 2008-09 by spending Rs. 560 crore. A sum of Rs. 830 crore had been spent to develop 3,020 km road in 2009-10. As on January 31, 2011, the Government spent Rs. 655.9 crore and developed 1294.17 km of roads, officials said.

Mr. Shettar said the State had done well in the implementation of all-weather roads under the PMGSY and has urged the Centre to release the funds as early as possible.

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