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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to complete construction of 5864 km of roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in 2016-17 fiscal.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high level review meeting presided over by chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the State Secretariat here today.

The chief secretary asked the concerned department officials to take necessary steps to ensure completion of the ongoing 613 old projects on priority basis by June next year.

Briefing media persons after the meeting, Principal Secretary, Rural Development, Madhusudan Padhi said the Centre, which had not approved any new projects under PMGSY for 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal, has approved 1368 new projects in the current fiscal in two phases. In these new projects, a total of 5864 km roads would be constructed and linked to 1083 villages. The total cost of these projects is pegged at Rs 2848 crore of which Rs 2500 crore would be utilised for construction of these projects in the current fiscal with 60 percent of Central share and 40 percent of the State share.

The state government has set a target to complete construction of 1750 km roads by October next year at a cost of Rs 840 crore.

Padhi also informed that state Rural Development department is in the process of preparing a draft proposal for the third phase project for road connectivity to all villages in the state by 2019. “The project proposal would be submitted to the Centre within one month for approval,” he pointed out.

Engineer-in-Chief Prabir Kumar Mohanty, Chief Engineer Bharat Chandra Pradhan, senior engineers and officials of the Rural Development department were present in the meeting.

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