Union Government on 10 September 2014 approved 28 rural road projects worth 438 crores rupees for building roads in Leh and Kargil districts of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir. It was announced by Union Minister for Rural Development, Sanitation, Drinking Water & Panchayat Raj, Nitin Gadkari.
The rural roads will be built under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY). Under the proposal, a total of 350 km of rural road network will be built.
The projects cleared include six proposals in Leh District covering road length of 142 km to be constructed at a cost of 181.4 crores rupees. Another 22 projects in Kargil district were approved to build 207 Kms of rural road at a cost of 256.6 crore rupees.
About Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY)
PMGSY was started in 2000 by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The PMGSY is a fully-funded centrally sponsored scheme to provide all-weather road connectivity in rural areas of the country.
The main objective is to provide connectivity, by way of an all-weather Road to the eligible unconnected Habitations in the rural areas with a population of 500 persons and above in Plain areas.
In respect of the Hill States (North-East, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand), the Desert Areas, the Tribal areas and Selected Tribal and Backward districts, all weather roads will be constructed in habitations with a population of 250 persons and above.
Who: Union Government
When: 10 September 2014