Itanagar: Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh today approved in principle construction of two roads in Arunachal Pradesh namely Bameng to Lada (55 kms) and Miao to Vijaynagar (157 kms) under Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

Ramesh conveyed this to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who met him at New Delhi today to discuss various matters related to the Rural Development Sector in the State, official sources informed.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called on Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh in Delhi and urged him to ensure speedy completion of formalities related to construction of rural link roads in Punjab under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna (PMGSY).

Official sources here said the Chief Minister demanded that a sum of Rs 31 crore be released under Phase IV of the Integrated Watershed Management Programme for development of state’s kandi areas as well as the balance of Rs 91 crore under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) budget.

Tells VAL to look for bauxite beyond Niyamgiri for its refinery

Union Minister for Rural Development, Jayaram Ramesh on Sunday announced a package worth Rs 300-crore envisaging construction of houses and roads for the Dongaria and Kutia Kandhas, a primitive tribes group (PTG), living at the foot-hill of Odisha’s bauxite rich Niyamgiri mountain in Kalahandi district. The package includes Rs 200-core for construction of 2100 houses under Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) and laying of rural roads to all villages with a population of 250 and more in Kalahandi district with an outlay of Rs 100 crore under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

The Mamata Banerjee government’s hands-off land acquisition policy has halted a 1,500km road project in West Midnapore’s Jungle Mahal though the area has got the highest one-time central assistance

Idukki will get Rs one crore for drought relief works as part of a Rs 125 crore Central fund for various development projects in the five assembly constituencies of the district, P. T. Thomas, MP, has said.

He said that Rs 50 crore has been sanctioned under the Idukki Package and Rs 75 crore for construction of 34 roads under the Prime Minister's Gramin Saadak Yojana Scheme.

Union Minister Jairam Ramesh today suggested states to replicate Jharkhand's performance in MNREGA under which it has constructed 78,000 wells in the last two years.

"(As many as) 78,000 wells have been dug in the last two years, which is a record. I have suggested (the state) to put the (construction) details in the website," the Rural Development Minister told reporters here.

After a gap of four years, roads in rural areas of the state will get a facelift under the Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojna (PMGSY).

The DoNER ministry has sanctioned Rs 77 crore for two roads – Rs 60 crore for the Bhabanipur-Manas National Park road and Rs 17 crore for the Saibari-Itakhola-Seijosa road

GUWAHATI: On Monday, the Assam Government signed a loan agreement with the World Bank and the Government of India for 320 million US dollars for the Assam State Road Project. But the good news does not end there. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) sanctioned Rs 77 crore for development of roads in Assam. Meanwhile, the State Public Works Department (PWD) is also making an estimate for 5,000-km concrete road in rural areas under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

Thrust on improving connectivity in Maoist-affected districts

With a thrust on improving connectivity in the three Maoist activity-affected districts of West Bengal, the Centre on Friday cleared road projects worth Rs.3,432 crore. The clearance was given by the Empowered Committee of the Prime Minister’s Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), which met on Friday morning to consider proposals for new connectivity and upgrades from West Bengal.

SRINAGAR: Around 1800 land compensation cases are pending with the land collectors across the State.

Due to the delay in the disposal of cases the compensation has remained withheld to the beneficiaries and some of them have approached to the court for the redressal of their grievances. The land compensation cases are pending in departments of Roads and Bridges (R&B), Irrigation and Flood Control, Public Health Engineering, Education and Health.