Quality of rural roads should be at par with national highways: Giriraj Singh
The quality of rural roads should be at par with that of national highways, Union Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh said on Tuesday while asserting that roads constructed under the PMGSY are lifelines of villages.
Addressing the International Conference - 'New Technologies and Innovations in Rural Roads', Singh advocated for the use of green technologies especially using waste as it makes the road construction more environment friendly.
New technologies like full-depth reclamation, cement treated sub-base, nanotechnologies, and others are being used in the construction of rural roads, these technologies help in the reductioncostscost by 10 to 15 percent per km. ''At the same time, we also should ensure that the quality of rural roads is at par with that of national highways. These roads are the lifeline of our villages,'' Singh, also the Union Panchayati Raj Minister, said.
Echoing similar sentiments Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Kapil Moreshwar Patil, said traveling on rural roads should be as comfortable as it is on national highways so that when travelers move out of the highways towards the rural roads, they should not feel any difference. Underlining that rural roads have been a ''cost-effective'' strategy for improving the lives of people in villages, Secretary Department of Rural Development Nagender Nath Sinha said, many studies prove that rural roads are a very cost-effective component for the development of rural areas and it also results in employment generation. Sinha said more than 7 lakh km of rural roads have been constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), which helped in lifting the social-and economic condition of rural masses. PMGSY was launched in December 2000, to provide single all-weather road connectivity to eligible unconnected habitation of a designated population size of more than 500 in plain areas, and 250 in northeast, hill, tribal and desert areas.
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