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How has PMGSY changed the face of rural India

The Government has plans for to connect all 178,184 rural habitations with 500 populations in plain areas and 250 in hilly areas under PMGSY by March 2019

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The Centrally sponsored rural roads scheme, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has, so far, connected 1,30,974 eligible habitations with 500 populations in plain areas and 250 in hilly areas. Besides, the state government programmes have connected another 14,620 habitations, bringing the total habitations connected to 82%. The Government of India has plans for to connect all 178,184 rural habitations with 500 populations in plain areas and 250 in hilly areas under PMGSY by March 2019. A statement released by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India has claimed. As of March, 2014, nearly 100,000 such habitations were connected.

The Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar reviewed the progress of PMGSY in New Delhi and directed the senior state officials to speed up the execution of rural roads to achieve full rural connectivity by March, 2019.

The major challenge lies in Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttrakhand on account of the difficult terrain. In Chhattisgarh, Malkangiri district of Odisha and Jharkhand, challenge is on account of Left Wing Extremism (LWE). Bihar and West Bengal which also have large connectivity to achieve and therefore, require speedy implementation. The Ministry is following up with all these States to ensure achievement of targets by March 2019. Funds are not a constraint and states have been forthcoming with their share, the statement said.

To further enable ease of decision making, monitoring and transparency, the Ministry is working on completing GIS mapping of all rural roads of the country by 2018. Today, we are soft launching the GIS mapping of 10 states which have already completed the process. These are Odisha, Uttrakhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Telengana, Chattisgarh and Meghalaya, the Rural Development Ministry said.

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