Government approves launch of third phase of rural road programme
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The government has approved the launch of
Phase-3 of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The scheme is under the
aegis of Ministry of Rural Development.
Under the PMGSY-III Scheme, the government has
proposed to consolidate roads measuring 1.25 lakh km in length in the states.
Further, construction of bridges of up to 150m
in plain areas and 200 m in Himalayan and north eastern states have been
It involves consolidation of through routes and
major rural links connecting habitations to gramin agricultural markets
(GrAMs), higher secondary schools and hospitals
The duration of the 3rd phase will be of five
years till 2024-25.
PMGSY was launched in 2000. It aims to provide connectivity,
by way of an All-weather Road to the eligible unconnected habitations of
designated population size (500+ in plain areas and 250+ in North-East, hill,
tribal and desert areas). By providing connectivity, the scheme seeks to boost
socio-economic development of the areas.