Government approves launch of third phase of rural road programme

  1. The government has approved the launch of Phase-3 of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The scheme is under the aegis of Ministry of Rural Development.
  2. Under the PMGSY-III Scheme, the government has proposed to consolidate roads measuring 1.25 lakh km in length in the states.
  3. Further, construction of bridges of up to 150m in plain areas and 200 m in Himalayan and north eastern states have been proposed
  4. It involves consolidation of through routes and major rural links connecting habitations to gramin agricultural markets (GrAMs), higher secondary schools and hospitals
  5. The duration of the 3rd phase will be of five years till 2024-25.
  6. PMGSY was launched in 2000. It aims to provide connectivity, by way of an All-weather Road to the eligible unconnected habitations of designated population size (500+ in plain areas and 250+ in North-East, hill, tribal and desert areas). By providing connectivity, the scheme seeks to boost socio-economic development of the areas.