Bhubaneswar: In spite of Covid-19 pandemic in the current year Odisha has kept up the high rate of implementation of PMGSY.
The fact came to light during a high-level review chaired by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra last evening, said an official press release.
Worth mentioning, the State has been applauded at the national level by achieving first position level in implementation of PMGSY for last four consecutive years.
Reviewing the progress made so far, the Chief Secretary directed the Collectors, Superintendents of Police and Executive engineers of the concerned districts to prepare project wise micro-plan against each project, more particularly for the project in left wing infected areas.
He also directed the district administration to provide all support to the contractors working in those remote areas.
The issues relating to the availability of materials, mobilization of machinery, and engagement of more manpower were discussed and resolved in the meeting.
Director General of Police Abhaya, participating in the discussion through video conference assured that police is all set for providing any ground-level support.
Development Commissioner Pradip Kumar Jena said, “Road connectivity is a prime focus area of the Government and there is no problem of funding for the projects under PMGSY, UPANTA, SETU scheme, and BIJU Setu Yojana. The ground level works should be expedited through concerted efforts among the police, engineers of RD department and the contractors in a time-bound manner”. Target was set to complete the PMGSY roads by end of March 2021.
Engineer in Chief and Special Secretary Rural Development Upendra Kumar Mund appraised that per the annual action plan, 2095 km of road have been taken up in the state under PMGSY for the year 2020-21. As of now, 1500 km of road have been completed.
Out of the balance roads, 250 km are within the left-wing infected areas where the contractors are operating with police support. These roads are mostly in isolated areas of Malkangiri, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Koraput districts.
“So far 64,821 km of road and 583 bridges have been sanctioned under PMGSY against which 61,428 km roads and 412 bridges have already been completed with an investment of around Rs. 26,329 cr,” appraised Additional Secretary Rural development Sudarshan Parida appraised.
Presently, the projects are being financed both by Central and State Government on 60:40 sharing basis.
Additional Chief Secretary Home Sanjeev Chopra, Engineer in Chief Rural Development Suresh Mishra, AG Police Amitav Thakur along with senior officers and engineers of the department participated in the review.
The Collectors, SPs, and Executive Engineers of concerned districts appraised about the present status of the projects through video conferencing.