BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has plans to construct 20,000 kilometres road in rural areas during the next five years under the Mukhya Mantri Sadak Yojana (MMSY) at a cost of `12,000 crore.
Road connectivity to the villages not covered under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) will be taken up under the scheme. A budget provision of `150 crore was made to start preliminary work under the scheme during the year. Official sources said more fund will be provided for the scheme in the supplementary budget considering its progress. While the PMGSY covers habitations having 500 population in non-Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts and habitations with 250 people in IAP districts, rest of the habitations will be covered under MMSY.
The State Government has decided to launch the scheme during the current financial year and it has started finalising the guidelines.
A high power committee headed by the Chief Secretary will approve the project proposals while a committee presided over by the Collector will implement the scheme. It will be executed by Rural Development Department, which is implementing the PMGSY.
Sources said out of the 29,020 habitations which are still unconnected, 20,150 are eligible under the PMGSY. Rest of the habitations will be covered under MMSY.