On July 31, 2020 Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State-MoS (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space laid foundation stones virtually and e-inaugurated various construction works undertaken under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)-II in Jammu and Kashmir(J&K).
28 roads under PMGSY-II to be constructed
The project includes construction of 28 roads under PMGSY-II in different parts of J&K(which includes the roads from Chanunta Khas to Bhuktrian Khas, Falata to Bikhan Gala, Arnas to Thakrakote, Ramnagar to Dudu, Pouni to Kund among others) at a cost of around Rs 175 crore.
Jitendra Singh informed that J&K has ranked 2nd in terms of performance under PMGSY II after Himachal Pradesh.
Principal Secretary, Government of Jammu & Kashmir and various government officials from district administration of Jammu, Doda, Kathua, Kishtwar, Reasi, Udhampur and Ramban also attended the video conference.
Note– The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the new Union Territory of Ladakh was formed on 31st October 2019 by dismantling Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and giving assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.
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Launched – 25th December, 2000 by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Objective– to provide all-weather access to unconnected habitations as part of a poverty reduction strategy.
Implementation– The Ministry of Rural Development and state governments
Phase I- It was launched in December, 2000.
Phase II- It was approved in May, 2013.
Phase III- It was approved by the Cabinet during July 2019. Under this phase, it is proposed to consolidate 1,25,000 Km road length in the States. The duration of the scheme is 2019-20 to 2024-25.
Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Area(RCPLWEA)
It was launched by the government in 2016 as a separate vertical under PMGSY to provide all-weather road connectivity with necessary culverts and cross-drainage structures.