The Meghalaya government has completed over 1,300 km of rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), despite the COVID-19 crisis in the state, according to a statement.
A total of 528 road projects under the programme are in progress, it said.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had on Wednesday reviewed the implementation of the scheme in the state.
“Out of 971 sanctioned schemes covering a total length of 4,303.70 km, 414 projects with a total length of 1,353.12 km have been completed, while 528 schemes covering 2,849.98 km of roads are in progress,” the statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said.
Reviewed the implementation of #PMGSY projects in #Meghalaya. Have directed the officials to speed up the works. Additional projects under PMGSY will be taken up as we complete the ongoing works.@nstomar @MoRD_GOI pic.twitter.com/Aii4clW0aS
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) August 5, 2020
During the meeting, the Public Works Department officials said the road construction work has been delayed in April and May due to the lockdown, it said.
The PMGSY was launched by the Centre to provide connectivity in rural areas as part of a poverty alleviation strategy.
The chief minister has instructed the department to complete the projects in the stipulated time frame and asked the deputy commissioners of districts to monitor the
implementation of the schemes.
They were asked to submit the progress report to the government every week, it added.