hief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed officers of the rural development department to construct 800 bridges under the Biju Setu Jojana programme over the next four years to improve the rural road connectivity in the state.
Reviewing the performance of the department, the CM fixed a target of 200 bridges over rivers and nallahs per year. He also wanted the rural development department to take up at least three road construction works in each assembly constituency under the ‘'Mukhya Mantri Sadak Yojana'’ to connect villages with 100 or more population to meet the ambitious target of the state government to lay 20,000 km of road to connect 7535 habitats.
With regard to road sunder the PMGSY scheme, the CM noted that the flow of funds from the central government has been declining since last year. This has adversely affected the road laying work under the scheme, he observed. The chief minister said mega pipe water projects will be implemented in Nuapada, Kalahandi, Puri, Brahmagiri, Krishnaprasad and Ganjam.
At least one pipe water project in each panchayat should be completed during the current year, he stated. A master plan to complete rural road connectivity and provide drinking water in seven mineral rich districts – Keonjhar, Sundergarh, Angul, Jharsuguda, Koraput, Jaipur and Rayagada of the state will be formulated in two months time, said official sources who attended the review meeting. Rural Development Minister Badrinaryan Patra said the completion of some projects were being delayed as the central government was not providing funds.
He informed that during 2014-15, the state government had already spent Rs 1678 crore against which the centre had provided only Rs 1052 crore. We are yet to receive Rs 520 crore from the central government as 100 crore is the state share, he noted.