Bhopal: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has accepted the request of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for giving priority to villages with population of 999 for building roads under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in the state.

The Chief Minister during his Delhi stay had urged Jairam Ramesh for giving priority to villages having population of 888 to 999 for rural road construction, to which the Union Minister has given his consent.
Around 2,494 villages with the given population will get road connectivity under the PMGSY.

Chouhan said the Centre will soon send its proposal in this regard, adding that around 8,338 kilometers of roads will be constructed in these villages under the scheme.

In 2009, the Centre had given its approval under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana to lay roads in the villages having a population of thousand people.

Later, several proposals to connect villages with population of less than a thousand were pending with the Central government for its consideration.

Meanwhile, the Centre has also decided to lay roads in villages with a population of 600 to 799 after the tendering process for award of contracts is finalized in the villages with a population of 888 to 999.

JPN/Bureau