Maharashtra gets Rs 489 cr central aid to improve rural roads

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on December 29, 2013

The Maharashtra Government has received Rs 489 crore to improve the rural road network under the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana–II .

Initially, Maharashtra had received little Union Government assistance under the scheme compared to other states, as the State’s road connectivity was considered satisfactory. However, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan continued to pursue the need for central funding for rural roads with Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh.

An Empowered Committee meeting held recently approved Maharashtra’s proposal for building 829 km length rural roads during the year. Of this, Solapur (126 km), Pune (88 km), Latur (71 km) and Osmanabad (53.35 km) are the largest beneficiary districts.

In a letter written to Chavan, Jairam Ramesh has conveyed that Batch II of Maharashtra’s proposal under the scheme for 227 roads having a road length of 1,550 km, would be taken up during the next Empowered Committee Meeting to be held on January 7.

The Rural Development Ministry introduced the second phase of the scheme to help States such as Maharashtra improve upon their already existing rural road connectivity. Maharashtra expects to construct 2,600 km of rural roads under the project.

While the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana is fully funded through central assistance, the second phase is done via cost-sharing basis between the Centre and States in the ratio of 75:25.

Published on December 29, 2013

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