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Rope in CPSUs to expedite PMGSY projects, Ramesh tells Naveen


jairamOST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 10:

Taking note of the limited execution capacity of the Odisha government in carrying out projects under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), the Centre has proposed mobilisation of Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) to ensure timely completion of the projects.

“Odisha still requires 13,500 km of rural roads while 7500 km of the existing roads are to be upgraded under PMGSY upgradation. I feel that partnering with CPSUs will help expedite the completion of the projects in the next 2-3 years. If the state government is willing, then my ministry would take this proposal forward”, said Union Rural Development minister Jairam Ramesh in a letter to chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday.

He said he had a discussion with state government officials in this regard recently.

While PMGSY projects in Bihar, Jharkhand and Tripura have yielded positive results with CPSU mobilisation, the West Bengal government is soon going to partner with two CPSUs for execution of PMGSY projects in three Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts, he said.

The Union minister also said that he had a detailed discussion with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) which is willing to partner with the Odisha government to execute PMGSY projects in Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh and Balangir districts.

He proposed the state government to rope in CPWD as the executing agency for the remaining districts where the projects are underway.