SRINAGAR: Official documents reveal that 924 kilometers of road length and 53 bridges sanctioned under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana-1 and 11 are still awaiting completion.

According to documents accessed by local news gatherer KNO, the Government of India informed representatives of Jammu and Kashmir last month that 400 roads, totaling 907 kilometers, and 53 bridges under PMGSY-1, along with 24 roads spanning 17 kilometers under PMGSY-11, are pending completion.

The issue was discussed during the pre-empowered committee meeting held on June 09, 2023, to review the project proposals for bridges under PMGSY-111 submitted by the UT Government of Jammu & Kashmir. The meeting was chaired by the additional secretary (Rural Development) and Director-General of the National Rural Infrastructure Development Agency (NRIDA), and it was attended by senior officials from the Centre and the J&K government.

As per the minutes of the meeting, the Jammu & Kashmir Government was asked if the works would be completed by the extended timeline, i.e., March 2024. In response, the J&K Government informed the Centre that, under PMGSY-1, 80-85 kilometers of roads and six bridges may not be completed due to non-issuance of forest clearance. However, they assured that other works would be completed by November 2023.

During the meeting, the Jammu & Kashmir Government was urged to accelerate the pace of work to achieve the target for 2023-24. (KNO)

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