New Delhi: Extremist-hit areas have been
accorded high priority for building road network under Pradhan
Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
"PMGSY aims at providing roads in all unconnected
habitation. It gives priority to Naxal-affected areas,"
Minister of State for Rural Development Pradeep Kumar said
during Question Hour.
He said scheme provides for building roads in unconnected
habitation with a population of 500 persons but the norm for
hilly areas has been relaxed to a population of 250 persons.
Earlier replying to the main question on progress of PMGSY
in Uttar Pradesh, the government said 6,461.02 km road was
laid in 2008-09 and 9,526.81 km in 2009-10. The government
released Rs 1,675.78 crore and Rs 2,844.51 crore for the state
in 2008-09 and 2009-10 respectively.