State tops in rural road approval
Bhopal, July 5 : Madhya Pradesh topped in securing sanction of maximum rural roads costing Rs 3303 crore and constructing roads at a cost of Rs 1912 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana, official sources said.
Madhya Pradesh Rural Roads Development Authority is the nodal agency for construction of rural roads.
The Authority's general body meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here yesterday, was informed that the Centre had sanctioned Rs 1256 crore for 1243 rural roads measuring 5652 Km in the sixth phase of the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana.
Besides, sanction was also received for 546 link rural roads costing Rs 543 crore for 32 districts.
So far, 2271 rural roads of a total 10,530 Km had been completed providing connectivity to 3898 villages, official sources said.
The Chief Minister has stressed the need for constant inspection and quality check and strict action against contractors and officials responsible for poor quality work.
''Constant efforts are needed to make Madhya Pradesh a leading state in respect of rural road construction and timely completion is a must to achieve the target,'' he said.
The meeting also cleared proposals for constitution of 37 new project units to achieve the target of upgrading 18,627 Km rural roads and construction of 27,561 Km new roads by the Authority. It was decided to construct new roads in rural areas for which the Government of India provided cent per cent funds.