Shimla, September 29: Infrastructural development is amongst the top priority of Prime Minister Modi led government. Therefore, the Central government has approved whopping 221 rural roads projects and bridges in Himachal Pradesh for better connectivity.
Notably, as many as 221 rural roads projects and bridges involving an expenditure of Rs 782.24 crore have been cleared by the Central government under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. The approval for new connectivity, upgradation and bridges under the PMGSY for Himachal Pradesh will benefit 102 habitations by way or road connectivity.
However, the projects would be funded in the ratio of 90:10 by the central and state governments. According to the ratio of 90:10, the Centre and the state would be 697.86 crore and Rs 84.37 crore. The approval includes 11 bridges at different locations in the state. Rural Development Ministry since the inception of the scheme has sanctioned total of 17,774 km roads for connecting 4,004 habitations at a cost of Rs 5,451 crore under the PMGSY.
Earlier, in the month of June this year, the Central government also approved four laning from end of Pandoh bypass to Takoli section of National Highway (NH) - 21 in Himachal Pradesh. The cost is estimated to be Rs.2775.93 crore including a cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road to be developed is approximately 19 km.