The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday affirmed a plan went for enhancing rural roads connectivity in 44 most worst Left Wing Extremism (LWE)- influenced and abutting district in various states.
Under the project Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas development and upgradations of 5,411.81 km streets and 126 bridges and cross-drainage works, critical from security and communication perspective, will be taken up at an expected cost of Rs 11,724.53 crore, an official statement said.
The streets under the project have been distinguished by the Home Ministry in discussion with state governments and security agencies concerned. But, the national and state highways will be barred.
The project will be executed as a vertical under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) to make focused on streets all weather ones.
Parts of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are viewed as LWE affected in differing degrees.
The venture’s fund sharing model will be same as that under PMGSY, that is, 60:40 proportion between the Center and states (aside from eight north¬eastern and three Himalayan states (Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand) for which it is 90:10.
The Finance Ministry will assign to the Rural Development Ministry Rs 7,034.72 crore for the venture amid its usage from 2016-17 to 2019-20, the statement said.
The plan is visualised in LWE affected states, including 35 worst influenced LWE regions, which represent 90 percent of the total LWE violence in the country and nine adjoining districts critical from security angle as per the inputs and lists of roads and district provided by the Home Ministry.
The streets taken up under the plan will incorporate Other District Roads, Village Roads and upgradations of existing Major District Roads (MDRs).Bridges with a span up to 100 meters on these streets, critical from the security edge, will likewise be financed.
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