Centre okays roads under PMGSY-II
Odisha will have an entitlement for 3,760 kilometres of roads in rural areas under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)-II, which was approved by the Union Cabinet on May 1. Besides, 16,996-kilometre rural roads are also entitled for upgradation under the PMGSY-I.
The Centre will issue detailed guidelines for PMGSY-II by the end of this month. The programme will be based on a district rural roads plan (DRRPs). The DRRPs will be prepared by each State on a GIS platform to undertake an assessment of existing traffic, its projects and importance of roads.
While 75 per cent of the cost of the projects will be met by the Centre, 25 per cent will have to be contributed by the Centre.
For hill States, desert areas, schedule V areas and IAP (integrated action plan) districts, 90 per cent of the cost will be borne by the Centre.
Informing this to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a letter, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said that States which have received all sanctions for new connectivity and upgradation under PMGSY-I will become eligible for the new programme.
Ramesh said the programme will focus on roads constructed and upgraded under PMGSY-I experiencing comparatively higher volume of traffic justifying upgradation. Eligible roads under PMGSY-I which were taken up under the programme will be covered in PMGSY-II. Besides, freshly identified roads in the revised DRRPs will be constructed under PMGSY-II, he said.
The Union Minister said the total length of upgradation being taken up under PMGSY-II wll be 50,000 kilometres.
He said in 2013-14, within the overall PMGSY allocation, ` 4,000 crore has been earmarked by the PMGSY-II. He said ` 5,000 crore each will be earmarked for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, which is terminal year of 12th Five Year Plan.