CM presses for expediting projects under PMGSY

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday reviewed and discussed ways of expediting the stalled construction work of roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in as many as 15 Maoist infested districts of the state, Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik said.
According to reports, despite the state government’s initiatives as many as 15 villages-7,444 villages in 10 districts and another 2,206 villages in the rest five districts- under Integrate Action Plan are lagging behind in various development works as the contractors of these areas have given their ways to the red raze.
However, the government is looking towards expediting the construction of roads and other development works in these Maoist infested areas. Following today’s discussion the CM would shoot off a letter to the Centre seeking funds of Rs 3000 crore under the PMGSY programme, the Chief Secretary informed.
“Under PMGSY in 2011 the state was allocated Rs 1900 crore and 95% of the total funds was utilised. This year the CM would ask the Centre for Rs 3,000 crore for the completion of the roads,” Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik said.
This apart, Koraput District Collector Rajesh Prabhakar Patil has said that the construction work has been stalled due to security reasons as the contractors are not willing to work due to the red terror. However, the collector has assured of expediting the construction work in the area.
“Due to security reasons the contractors in the Maoist infested areas are unwilling to come forward to work. But we will try our level best to take the project work forward,” Koraput District Collector Rajesh Prabhakar Patil said.
As per the new guidelines of PMGSY, new roads would be constructed to a village having an inhabitant of 250 people and as many as 9,650 villages have been spotted in 15 districts across the state.