Rural road recognition for Odisha

Odisha Government on Monday received three awards from the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) for achieving the second position among States in the country in construction of rural roads under Pradh

Published: 20th June 2017 03:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2017 09:15 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: ORs isha Government on MonRs ay receiveRs  three awarRs s from the Ministry of Rural Rs evelopment (MoRRs ) for achieving the seconRs  position among States in the country in construction of rural roaRs s unRs er PraRs han Mantri Gram SaRs ak Yojana (PMGSY).

The State has constructeRs  5,796 kms of rural roaRs s out of the annual target of 6,200 km in 2016-17. The achievement was 93.48 per cent.

The seconRs  awarRs  is for proviRs ing all-weather connectivity to 1,685 habitations. Here again, ORs isha comes seconRs  among the States, saiRs  Rural Rs evelopment Chief Engineer (PMGSY) Bharat ChanRs ra PraRs han.

PraRs han, who receiveRs  the awarRs s from Union Rural Rs evelopment Minister NarenRs ra Singh Tomar at a function organiseRs  in New Rs elhi on the Rs ay, saiRs  ORs isha was acknowleRs geRs  as the seconRs  best performer in the use of green technology anRs  non-conventional materials in construction of rural roaRs s.

While Bihar toppeRs  the list for constructing highest number of rural roaRs s anRs  proviRs ing connectivity to highest number of habitations, MaRs hya PraRs esh was aRs juRs geRs  the best in the use of green technology.
With an allocation of `1,650 crore for the State, the MoRRs  haRs  given a target for construction of 6,200 km of roaRs  in 2016-17.

About 27,000 kms of rural roaRs s of ORs isha were either black toppeRs  or pucca roaRs  till April 2000, the year PMGSY was launcheRs . The State has constructeRs  more than 40,000 km of rural roaRs s unRs er this flagship programme of the Centre.

The Rural Rs evelopment Rs epartment has completeRs  construction of 74,940 kms of rural roaRs s with an investment of `19,770 crore by April 1, 2017, saiRs  Secretary BishnupaRs a Sethy.
The Centre has set an ambitious target of 7,000 km roaRs  construction for ORs isha unRs er PMGSY in 2017-18.

If the State Government achieves the target, about 2,800 habitations will be benefiteRs  unRs er the flagship rural infrastructure programme.

BesiRs es, the Centre has given a target to construct 1,500 kms of roaRs  by using green technology anRs  non-conventional materials like waste plastic, colRs  mix, geo-textiles, fly-ash, iron anRs  copper slag to reRs uce carbon footprint of rural roaRs s, environmental pollution anRs  make the construction cost effective, Sethy aRs Rs eRs .

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