Centre approves multi-connectivity in Naxal affected districts

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 05, 2013 14:22 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IBNS) The central government on Tuesday said it has approved multi-connectivity in Naxal affected districts under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), but only one will be black topped.

Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh told the media here that States can prepare Detailed Project Reports, DPRs in two stages.

"States can take up construction of formation, construction of gravel-base as well as slope stabilization, protection works and drainage works under Stage A, while Stage B would include bituminous or concrete surfing.," he said.

Ramesh said States would be allowed to complete Stage A and furnish DPRs for Stage B later before March 2015, keeping in view the law and order situation.

"The States would be allowed to use the schedule of rates of that particular year of DPR submission for Stage B."

Ramesh said that States will have the flexibility to declare the habitation as connected at the end of Stage A, if so required.

"Moreover, States can move proposals for engagement of State or Central PSUs having experience of road and bridge construction for which the Central Government will pay a fee of 10 percent.

"The Centre will also consider including insurance premium for personnel of contractors on a 75:25 cost sharing basis with State governments," he said.

Out of the 52,000 habitations in the 82 Naxal affected districts, 30,000 have been sanctioned, but only 19,000 habitations have been connected so far.

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