IIT, Bhubaneswar to assess the impact of PMGSY in achieving rural connectivity in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: PMGSY scheme started in Odisha in 2000 and this is the 12th year of its implementation. This scheme is likely to continue for another ten years. There is a need to assess the impact of the programme in achieving rural connectivity in the State. The assessment can be utilized for better implementation of the scheme in coming years.

IIT, Bhubaneswar will carry out assessment study and the cost will be provided from the PMGSY Administrative Fund. The decision has been taken in the 4th Governing Body meeting of Odisha State Rural Road Agency (OSSRA).

This meeting was chaired by Minister Rural Development Sri Bikram Keshari Arukha. Principal Secretary, RD Sri S.N. Tripathy, Chief Engineer RW Sri P. K. Pradhan and other officials attended. Connectivity status of the State and progress of PMGSY were discussed in detail. It is ascertained that earlier, the State Government has requested GoI to include 3 more districts i.e. Ganjam, Nayagarh & Jajpur as lAP districts. The Government of India have already accepted it. Schedule of Rates’2009 has already been revised by Works Deptt. and the DPRs are being submitted as per the revised Schedule of Rates. Preparation of DPRs of missing link bridges on PMGSY roads has been expedited and the DPRs are in the final stage for submission to MORD, GoI. The action taken reports in respect of unsatisfactory graded PMGSY roads are being submitted to NRRDA regularly with due compliances.

Prior to implementation of PMGSY Programme (01.04.2000), out of total 50099 no. of habitations in the State, 21076 no. of habitations were connected and balance 29023 no. of habitations were left unconnected. Till Nov. ’12, 13673 no. of habitation have been sanctioned by MoRD, GoI in phased manner under PMGSY out of balance 29023 no. of unconnected habitations. Further, 4703 no. of unconnected habitations are also eligible (250 & above in IAP district and 500 & above for non-IAP district) under the programme as per present norms of PMGSY programme. Besides this, 7065 no. of unconnected habitations are likely to be included in PMGSY if relaxed norms (100 and above for IAP & 250 and above for non-IAP district) are approved by GoI. Balance unconnected habitations (not eligible under the programme) will be 3582.

Field level officers in the capacity of Junior Engineers are being entrusted with execution of works not only for PMGSY projects but also other works like buildings, bridge, repair of roads and buildings under Non-plan scheme & Plan Schemes like NABARD and Biju Setu Yojana. Accordingly, the Junior Engineers are over burdened with work load and are not in a position to devote full time for implementation of PMGSY projects which ultimately affect the PMGSY works in respect of supervision, quality and expenditure. Madhya Pradesh has separated the entire functionaries for implementation of PMGSY scheme exclusively. However, presently it is proposed to re-structure existing field level Junior Engineers first to entrust exclusively with implementation of PMGSY projects and one or two important other scheme like Biju Setu Yojana, RIDF etc.

Many PMGSY road projects fall within jurisdiction of forest land and forest clearance is required to execute work in forest area. Now GoI has also permitted for road side plantation out of NREGA fund. Forest & Environment Department has a vital role for successful implementation of PMGSY Programme. Hence, Secretary, Forest & Environment Deptt. will be a Member in the Governing Body of OSRRA.

Overall status of PMGSY works in Odisha till end of November’2012 has been discussed in the meeting. Sanctioned cost for roads till November end is Rs. 14063.31 crores and for bridges (MORD Share) is Rs. 358.97 crores making a total of Rs. 14422.28 crores. Funds so far received is Rs. 9629.55 crores and Rs. 9157.14 crores (95.09%) has been utilised. Sanctioned length of roads is 39213.98 Km. and length of completed roads is 24243.96 Km. 10007 no. of roads have been sanctioned and out of that 6479 no. of roads have been completed. Road connectivity to 13458 no. of habitations has been sanctioned out of which 8426 no. of habitations have already been connected.

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