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Improve village level infrastructure in terms of roads and job creation.

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Last Updated: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Saturday 27 May 2017Press Information Bureau

The Ministry of Rural Development has created employment opportunities of more than 813 crore person days during the last three years (2014-17) in the schemes of MGNREGA, Pradhan Mantri AawasYojna, Grameen (PMAY-G) and in Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY). Union Minister for Rural Development Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said that during the last three years while 636.78 crore person days were generated under MGNEREGA, about 78 crore person days under PMGSY and 99 crore person days under PMAY. Apart from this, under Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Grameen Kaushal Yojana (DDY-GKY), 86,120 candidates were trained in the year 2014-15 and 54,196 got jobs. Similarly, in 2015-16, about one lakh thirty-five thousand candidates were placed after the skill training, while in 2016-17, the number of candidates getting placement is 84,900.

On PMGSY, the Minister said that the pace of construction of road has reached a record of 130 kms. per day, which is the highest average annual construction rate, in the last 7 years, with a record 47,447 kms of PMGSY roads constructed during 2016-17 thereby connecting 11,641 habitations, which implies providing connectivity of an average of 32 habitations every day, the highest ever in the last 7 years. He said, during 2016-17, “Road Connectivity project in LWE Affected Areas” has been launched for construction of all-weather roads in 9 LWE states in 44 worst affected LWE districts and adjoining districts with estimated cost of Rs. 11,725 crore. This would be completed by March 2020.

Progress as on January 27, 2017 (PIB)

As on January 27, 2017, a total of 32,963 kms. had been completed, which is 67.53% of the annual target. This translates to 111 kms. of roads getting constructed every day. According to the annual target (48,812 kms.), the average per day construction should be 133kms per day. It is important to realize that September to December are lean months for road construction, whereas the construction picks up from January to May every year. It is also important to underline that from April to August 2016, PMGSY had achieved an average per day construction of 139 kms. per day and therefore by March 31, 2017, it will achieve the annual targeted length of 48,812 kms. The annual target of habitations in 2016-17 is 15,000 habitations, against which, as on January 27, 2017, 6,473 habitations have been connected.

Another major achievement has been the focus of using green technologies and non-conventional materials (waste plastic, cold mix, geo-textiles, fly ash, copper and iron slag etc.) in construction of PMGSY roads because these are locally available, low cost, non-polluting, labour friendly and fast construction technologies / materials.  In the first 14 years of PMGSY (from 2000 to 2014), only 806.93 kms. of roads were constructed using these technologies / materials.  In the last 2 years (2014-2016), 2,634.02 kms. of PMGSY roads have been constructed using these technologies /materials. In the present year (2016-17) till January 27, 2017, 3,000 kms. have been constructed using these technologies / materials.

It is also important to note that the progress achieved so far till January 27, 2017, in 2016-17, is far more than what was achieved in the comparable period, in each one of the last 5 years (i.e. 2011 to 2016). Achievement in respect of Length and Habitations:

Year Length completed (in km) No. of habitations connected
2011-12 21,750 4,142
2012-13 18,080 5,491
2013-14 16,914 4,670
2014-15 26,650 8,368
2015-16 25,709 5,903
2016-17 32,963 6,473
TOTAL 1,42,067 35,047

Note: Data is up till the month of January in the next year.

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