Odisha government has a proposed to take up the construction of 320 new roads at a cost of Rs 700 crore during the current financial year to provide connectivity to 375 unconnected habitations under the Mukhya Mantri Sadak Yojana (MMSY).
Rural Development Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said MMSY was launched in 2014-15 to provide good all weather roads to unconnected habitations which are not covered under PMGSY or any other connectivity programme.
He said since the implementation of the programme 1254 KM of roads have been constructed at a cost of Rs 820.45 crore connecting 303 unconnected habitations with all weather roads.
The Minister said the government targeted to complete 372 roads (1285km) at a cost of Rs 551 crore to provide all weather roads to 434 unconnected habitations during the current financial year.
During the current financial year there is a proposal to take up construction of 250 new bridges under Biju Setu Yojana, he said adding that 464 bridges have been completed at a cost of rs 1428 crore under the scheme in last four years and the state government has set a target to complete 150 bridges at a cost of Rs 650 crore this year.
The Minister said under the Pradhan Mantri gram Sadak Yojana, the government targeted to construct 8,000 KM of roads at a cost of Rs 4166 .67 crore to provide all weather roads to 2500 habitations.
He said at present the central government is providing 60 per cent and the state is providing 40 per cent for the construction of roads under the PMGSY.
The government, the Minister said, has decided to set up a Rural Connectivity Training and Research centre at Bhubaneswar and six Rural Road Net Work Management Unit at Angul, Sambalpur, Berhampur, Balasore, Bolangir and Cuttack for imparting training on construction and maintenance of roads of Rural Development department and about new technology.
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