HP Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana 2024: While presenting the HP Budget 2024, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur proposed to spend an amount of Rs. 75 crore under Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, This will accelerate the progress of road connectivity to the left out villages and habitations. The proposed expenditure is more than previous outlays by 50%. Government of Himachal Pradesh had earlier launched this scheme for development of roads to connect villages across the state.
HP Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana 2024
In the HP Budget 2024, the state govt. has announced to spend Rs. 75 crore amount under Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. The government had firstly started this scheme namely Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana in the financial budget 2016-17.
Objectives of Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojna
Under the Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, the state government will develop road connectivity between villages/habitations and cities. The MMGSY will permit the upgradation (to the prescribed standards) of the existing roads in those districts where all the eligible habitations of the designated population size have been provided all weather road connectivity.
Need for Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana in Himachal Pradesh
The state government received grievances regarding partial connectivity due to non-construction of end roads penetrating into the heart of habitations. The state government has launched the new scheme in order to provide better and easy facility to the villages and reduce the lifestyle and economic development gap between cities and villages.
The state government has set aside Rs. 75 Crore for the Mukhya Mantri Sadak Yojana for the financial year 2024. Preventive maintenance of roads will be undertaken using micro surfacing, bitumen slurry and fog-seal techniques which will help keeping them free of pot holes and in good condition.
An amount of Rs.50 crore shall be spent on W-metal beam crash barriers to increase road safety. In addition, in future, the W-metal beam crash barriers shall also be proposed for NABARD and PMGSY works.
Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana in Himachal Pradesh
PM Gram Sadak Yojana started by former Prime Minister of India, late Sh Atal Bihari Vajpayee, has proved a boon for the State. Till now 2,896 works involving 17,716 kilometres long road have been completed under the Yojana. An amount of Rs.5,378 crore has been spent so far. The remaining 787 works covering 4,143 kilometres of road sanctioned under the scheme with a cost of Rs. 2,756 crore are in various stages of execution.
It was not possible to expand the road network to this extent without this PMGSY due to limited financial resources available with HP government. Work to up-grade 3,125 Kilometre long rural roads will be taken up under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana III immediately after getting approval of shelf from the Government of India.
CM Jai Ram Thakur has made the following announcements regarding transport sector in HP Budget 2024:-
- CM proposed to cover about 5 thousand kilometres of roads in all the divisions of PWD in 2021-22 under Output and Performance Based Maintenance Contract (OPBMC)/ Performance Based Maintenance Contract (PBMC) to ensure improved surface quality of roads.
- The DPR for exploring construction of 4 kilometre long tunnel under Jalori Pass will be finalised during 2021-22 with an objective to provide all weather connectivity on Sainj-Luhri-Aut National Highway. A feasibility study is proposed to explore the possibility of tunnels and long span bridges on Satluj, Beas and Ravi rivers to reduce travel time and road distance.
- Under the Green National Highway Project, tender process for 105 kilometre long Paonta Sahib-GummaFeedus Pul road will be completed and land acquisition award will be made for 110 kilometre long Hamirpur to Mandi road.
- The NHAI has started the work of 4 laning of 785 kilometres road on 5 National Highways. Tenders have been invited for Jawalamukhi to Kangra section on Shimla-Mataur Highway and for the first package between Himachal-Punjab Border to Sihuni section on Pathankot-Chakki-Mandi road.
- The work on 31 kilometre long stretch on KeeratpurNerchowk National Highway and 4 laning of 30 kilometres on Takoli-Kullu National Highway will be completed during 2021. This will bring convenience to commuters on this important Highway.
Progress Till Date in Connecting Panchayats to Roads in Himachal Pradesh
CM had expressed our Government’s commitment to connect every panchayat with road in my last year’s budget. The progress made in achieving this target is as under:-
- There were 87 Panchayats which were not connected with motorable road in the beginning of 2020-21.
- 29 Panchayats were connected with motorable road during 2020-21.
- DPRs have been approved for connecting 33 Panchayats, the work on which will be completed by 2023-24.
- Other 15 Panchayats are connected only with Jeepable roads.
- There are 10 Panchayats where there is a delay due to non-availability of land, forest and other environmental clearances.
Many new Panchayats have been created recently, some of them might be unconnected by a motorable road. CM announce that newly notified unconnected Panchayats and remaining other 10 Panchayats will be connected in a time bound manner. The Himachal Pradesh government has prepared a shelf of 27 roads with the cost of Rs. 641 crore and posed it for funding under Central Road Fund. The work on these roads will be started immediately after approved by the Government of India in 2021-22.
The World Bank funded Himachal Pradesh State Roads Transformation Project (HSRTP) envisages up-gradation of approximately 650 kilometre road length to intermediate/ double lane in three tranches. Around 1,350 kilometre long roads will be maintained and improved under the project.
First Tranche will be completed by June, 2026. In first tranche, Barotiwala-Baddi-Sai-Ramshehar Road; Dadhol Ladraur Road; Raghunath Pura-Mandi-Har Pura-Bharari Road; and Mandi-Rewalsar-Kalkhar Road will be up-graded to intermediate / double lane roads.
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