New Delhi:Decks have been cleared for the construction of 7,000 km roads in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh. In last month’s meeting of Union Rural Development Minister and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav a proposal in this regard was finalized.

The Centre is most likely to give its nod to the project under the PMGSY (Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna) on Tuesday. Besides this, 23, 000 km rural roads will also be up-graded in the state with Centre’s assistance.

 Senior officials of Uttar Pradesh government and Union Rural Development Ministry will sit together in New Delhi to finalize the project.

In an interview to Hindi Daily “Dainik Jagran” Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said that construction of roads in the rural areas of the state couldn’t be completed since the last Mayawati government had failed to put a proposal in this regard.

The Union Rural Development Minister has asked the Akhilesh government to send a list of roads which could not be completed during Mayawati’s regime.

It is in this very connection that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been invited for a meeting with Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday in New Delhi. Officials of Uttar Pradesh Rural Development Ministry and Chief Minister’s Secretariat are also expected to be present on the occasion.

According to reports, approximately 34,200 km of roads is proposed to be constructed in the state out of which 27,000 km of roads would be constructed in rural areas with the help of central assistance.

Apart from this, 23,000 km of rural roads would also be upgraded. The Centre is also mulling over constructing pitch roads in those villages which have a population of over 500.

Ramesh clarified that there would be no crunch of fund for the purpose since Rs 24,000 crore has already been sanctioned during the fiscal 2012-13 for the proposed scheme under PMSY(Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna).
 
JPN\ Bureau