The third phase of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) will involve building of all-weather roads to villages across the country in a period of five years. It will improve connectivity of villages with rural agricultural markets, higher secondary schools and hospitals, said a government statement.
The 1.25 lakh km roads will include building new link roads and revamping and widening existing roads. Plastic waste will also be used during work on these roads, it stated.
The cost of the project, to be carried out by 2024- 25, is projected at Rs 80,250 crore, of which the states’ share will be Rs 26,450 crore. Roads built under the scheme are also mandated to be maintained properly, and the Centre will sign MoUs with the states for PMGSY 3 for the states to provide “adequate funds for maintenance of roads constructed” under the scheme even after the five-year construction maintenance period, the statement said.
The goal of PMGSY was to provide single all-weather road connectivity to eligible, unconnected villages of population of 500 in plain areas and 250 in north-east, hill, tribal and desert areas. The government claims that 97 % of all eligible and feasible habitations have already been connected by all-weather roads under this scheme.
States will be asked to ensure roadside plantations along these roads, for which funds from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and other Central and State schemes will be used, the government stated.