The Ministry of Rural Development has approved the recommendations of the empowered committee for releasing Rs.847.45 crores in funds for 94 road works and 28 long span bridges in Arunachal Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
Disclosing this in a letter of Arunachal Pradesh Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said that the project proposals, spread over an area of 1148 96 kilomters, had been recommended for consideration during a meeting of the empowered committee on January 14, 2013, and had subsequently been approved by his ministry.
Ramesh further revealed that given the execution capacity of the state, the empowered committee had
recommended in consultation with the state government that out of the total works proposed under
PMGSY package, sanction of 50 percent of the work would be accorded only aftersetting up of five additional PIUs with adequate engineering staff.
Accordingly, he said that a clearance letter has been issued amounting to Rs.610.80 crore for 78 roads works and 14 long span bridges, covering 901.56 kilomters in length.
Ramesh informed Mr. Sanjoy that the committee also advised the state government to send the remaining eligible proposals to the rural development ministry for consideration after all works sanctioned prior to March 2010 are physically completed.
The minister further said that considering the programme expenditure, expendifure on maintenance and quality inspections done by the state in the past, Arunachal Pradesh has been assessed to have the capacity for taking up works amounting to Rs. 950 crores during the year 2013-14, whereas the state government has balance works worth Rs. 1229 crores as on February 28, 2013.
He, therefore, called on the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to take immediate action to increase their execution capacity, considering the projects in hand and future projects.
He said that there was need for proper staffing in the SRRDA and the PIUs, besides improving the contracting capacity by attracting competent contractors through efficient contract management.
Ramesh said that he had already sent a letter to Arunachal Pradesh Chief MInister Nabm Tuki requesting him to direct the department concerned to take immediate necessary action on the projects. (ANI)