New Delhi: Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), Uttar Pradesh is yet to prove its excellence. In all eight stages of constructing roads, the state has not met its goal so far.

During the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Rural Development Minister Pradeep Jain said that in spite of Union Government providing all sorts of monetary help, the state government is unable to meet the targets.

As per the plans, there is a provision of around Rs 40 lakh to be used in constructing a kilometer of the road. In response to Samajwadi Party MP Mahendra Mohan, Jain said that in 2008-09 and 2009-10, 9526.81 km and 6461.02 km of roads have been built respectively in the state.

The state government also shoulders the responsibility of constructing roads in the Naxal-affected districts and in the areas along the international border.

Participating in the debate, Rashid Alvi of Congress said that according to norms areas with 500 to 1,000 populations will be connected under PMGSY, though the standards are simplified for the hilly regions.

JPN/ Bureau