Tardy implementation hits PMGSY progress in Rajouri

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Tardy implementation and delay in removal of bottlenecks has severely hampered the progress of centrally funded Prime Minister Gram Sadakh Yojana (PMGSY) in Rajouri district. The central scheme is aimed at strengthening the road network in rural belts of the country as also to provide connectivity to un-connected habitations. As per official documents accessed by Greater Kashmir, a total of 170 projects have been sanctioned for the district from phase I to IX “but up to March 2016, only 104 works have been commissioned while 66 are yet to be completed due to which several habitations have remained unconnected”.  “A total of 1060.39 kilometres road length was sanctioned for these 170 schemes from phase I to IX but so far 763.35 kilometres have been completed. 297 kilometre length is still to be completed”, the document revealed. Details further revealed that with the completed 104 schemes, 124 habitations have been connected. Meanwhile, under phase X of PMGSY in Rajouri district, the authorities have proposed 59 new projects out of which 19 schemes are in stage I while construction of 11 bridges has also been proposed to GOI, the documents revealed. Details available with Greater Kashmir further reveal that the performance of Budhal block has remained very poor as out of sanctioned length of 334.40 kilometres, only 177.40 kilometres have been completed. In the block, 24 out of sanctioned 46 schemes are still to be completed whereas in Darhal block 15 out of 28 are to be completed. “In Budhal PMGSY division comprising Budhal, Darhal and Rajouri blocks,  the number of sanctioned schemes is 76 with a total sanctioned length of 568.60 kilometres but so far only 36 schemes with road length of 278.95 kilometres have  been completed”, the details revealed. However, the performance in Rajouri division is slightly better than Budhal division where out of sanctioned 94 schemes 70 have been completed while out of sanctioned 500.38 kilometres length 295.78 has been completed, details add. Official sources said that the major hurdle being faced in timely completion of the schemes is delay in permission from Forest department. “A large number of schemes are to be built through Forest area and there is need for permission from concerned department”, they said. They said delay in disbursement of land compensation is another hurdle in implementation of the schemes. Minister for R&B (PWD), Abdul Rehman Veeri, when asked about such poor implementation of PMSGY especially in Budhal division, he said that a fresh proposal for Phase X has been submitted to GoI and they are hopeful that situation will improve. However he did not give a specific reply to a question about pendency of a large number of schemes from Phase I to IX –

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