Lucknow: The government of Uttar Pradesh has started construction of 19,000 km of roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) as part of its mission to upgrade infrastructure and revive the rural economy.
A state government spokesperson said that to make Uttar Pradesh the leading economy in the country, the state government is sparing no effort to improve infrastructure. Over the past five years, the construction of more than 12,000 km of roads connecting the villages to the main road has been completed at a cost of more than ₹6,500 crores. Now, the construction of 19,000 km of roads at the cost of ₹15,000 crores would be completed by 2024-25, he said.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, about 4106.46 km of roads were constructed in the financial year 2017-18. An amount of ₹1,822 crores were spent on the construction. Similarly, 1688.27 km of roads were constructed during the 2018-19 financial year at a cost of ₹1134.80 crores. During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, 376.08 km of roads were constructed at a cost of ₹356.63 crore. Later, in 2020-2021, the construction of 717.75 km of roads was completed at a cost of ₹440.19 crores. During the 2021-22 financial year, 3368.44 km of roads were constructed at a cost of ₹2074.24 crores.
In addition, as of July 19, the construction of 2055.734 km of roads had been completed in the fiscal year 2022-23 at a cost of ₹686.30 crore.
After Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took over the reins of state, Uttar Pradesh focused on roads. Previously, it was not easy to reach the villages. The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana sought to transform the villages. With the construction of new roads, ambulances and other medical facilities could easily reach the villages. With the introduction of public transport, ordinary people now reach their destination easily, the spokesperson said.
In the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra 2022, the Yogi government had decided to strengthen the economy of the villages. To keep the promise, roads were considered as the first development parameter. Better roads would ensure better connectivity between villages and towns and provide a platform for villagers to sell their products. Even during the Covid pandemic, road construction had not stopped, he said.