Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today directed the Department of Rural Development to achieve qualitative and quantitative improvements in executing rural road projects in State.
Mr.Padhi , chairing a review meeting here at the State Secretariat, also appreciated the achievement of the State Government for earning ‘Leading State’ tag under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) and exhorted the officials to keep up the tempo.
He said the State has been provided Rs 175 core incentive for its achievement in last fiscal for constructing more roads.
Mr.Padhi directed the department officials to to expedite completion of nearly 600 km roads by month end which were targeted for the current fiscal (2016-17).
Chief Engineer Bharat Chandra Pradhan had informed that as much as 5500km road construction was targeted during 2016-17 fiscal to connect nearly 1400 villages in the State.
Principal Secretary Rural Development Madhusudan Padhi presented the statistics on rural road construction at the review meeting.
As per the data, as many as 12985 of the total 16396 approved villages and hamlets have been connected by over 40,000 km road at a cost of Rs 17,000 crore. The Union government provides 60 per cent of the costs.
Fixing a target for 2017-18 financial year, Padhi asked the officers to construct as much as 6000 km roads under PMGSY to provide connectivity to 6000 new villages
Rural Development Secretary said a detailed project report is being prepared for construct ion of roads to connect 506 new villages and added, as many as 151 projects have been submitted to the Union government along with Geo-map for approval.
“Reports on remaining 343 projects will be submitted to the Centre in two phases by June and December respectively,” Mr.Padhi added.