Bhubaneswar, Dec 19:
Claiming to have achieved 100% fund utilization in the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Jojana (PMGSY) in the state during 2012-13, the Odisha government has stepped up measures to connect 517 habitations within the stipulated time frame during the current fiscal.
At the state level standing committee meeting on PMGSY presided over by chief secretary JK Mohapatra at the State Secretariat here on Wednesday evening, it was revealed that out of Rs 9711.80 crore sanctioned by the Centre for 10, 518 roads with a total length of 41260.28 kms during the last fiscal, the state government has utilised Rs 9735.81 crore (100.25%) as of March 31, 2013 during which period 6, 828 roads connecting 8773 habitations have been completed.
During the current year up to November, 2013, another 1, 148 kms of PMGSY roads have been completed with utilization of Rs 857 crore connecting an additional 233 habitations.
The meeting decided to set a target to utilize another Rs 743 crore to connect more 517 habitations during the current year. The meeting also decided to set up 10 new project implementing units (PIU) for enhancing the implementation capacity of state machinery.
Sources in the Rural Development department said the Detail Project Reports (DPR) for 343 roads with a total length of 1184.06 kms at an estimated Rs 586.64 crore have been sanctioned by empowered committee of the Rural Development ministry.
To augment the execution of the volume of works, the meeting decided to rope in National Bridge Construction Cooperation (NBCC) and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) as executing agencies.
For quality monitoring of all the PMGSY works, a three-tier quality control mechanism has been put in place. At present 38 State Quality Monitors (SQMs) are operating in the state for inspection of PMGSY works.