J&K 3rd in implementing PMGSY: Rural development ministry | India News - Times of India

J&K 3rd in implementing PMGSY: Rural development ministry | India News – Times of India

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir has secured the third spot in developing its rural road network under the central government’s road connectivity programme Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) after Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, according to official figures from the Union rural development ministry.
From 2001 to 2022, at least 3,139km of roads have been built in the Union Territory that connected 114 habitations while six J&K districts out of 30 districts in the country under this programme have achieved the most length of road construction during the same period.
PMGSY was launched in J&K during 2001-02 to provide all-weather connectivity to unconnected habitations in rural areas with a population of more than 250 as per the 2001 census.
The rural development ministry had sanctioned 3,347 schemes under PMGSY-I in 12 phases to construct 18,432.79km of roads at Rs 1,19,646.76 crore to provide connectivity to 2,148 eligible habitations across J&K. Under PMGYS-II, 107 schemes were sanctioned with a length of 704.55km at Rs 790.49 crore.
Six rural districts — Udhampur, Doda, Kishtwar, Reasi, Kathua, and Rajouri — in the Jammu region showed rapid development. Among them, Udhampur was the top-performing district with the completion of a 644.05km road network during 2021-22, followed by Doda (362.5km), Kishtwar (302.88km), Reasi (299km), Kathua (275.88km) and Rajouri (215.98km), as per official figures.
From 2001 to 2015, the J&K government completed 1,024 PMGSY schemes providing connectivity to 993 habitations by constructing a 3,641.82km road network at Rs 2,232.71 crore.
In 2015-16, 163 schemes (707.2km) were completed at an expenditure of Rs 305.23 crore, providing connectivity to 85 habitations in the Union Territory. In 2016-17, 89 schemes (1,785.16km) were completed that linked 238 habitations at a cost of Rs 428.3 crore, official data stated.
In 2017-18, 151 schemes (1,804.54km) were completed at Rs 827.37 crore, providing connectivity to 153 habitations. In 2018-19, 226 schemes (1,622.2km) were completed and 221 habitations were linked at a cost of Rs 910.72 crore. In 2019-20, 214 schemes (1,325.67km) were completed at Rs 1,324.12 crore, providing connectivity to 148 habitations in J&K.





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