KOLKATA: Road projects under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sarak Yojana (PMGSY) scheme received a push on Monday with the state cabinet passing a proposal to form eight programme implementation units (PIU), which will look after the road construction projects in seven districts.
State panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee said that the state is already working on developing 9,000 kilometres road under this scheme. "In addition to this, another 4,000 kilometres road will be developed. And this can be done if the programme implementation units (PIU) are in place. While South 24-Parganas, Birbhum, Jalpaiguri, Bankura, South Dinajpur and Nadia will get one PIU each, West Midnapore will get two PIUs. Also, the PIU in Malda will be upgraded and there will be an additional PIU in Darjeeling," Mukherjee said. Apart from these PIUs, the state will also create 173 temporary posts for this purpose.
Mukherjee said that for the 9,000-kilometres road network, the state has already got the Centre's approval. "The plan is to set up the entire 13,000-kilotmetres road network within the current financial year. Tenders have already been floated for 75% of work," he added.
According to the minister, most of the work is over in Bankura. "Other districts, where there is good progress of work, are Burdwan, Purulia, West Midnapore, and Nadia," the minister said. According to the PMGSY scheme, 75% of funds will be provided by the Centre and the remaining 25% will be borne by the respective state governments.
The bifurcation of Ratua PS in Malda also got the cabinet nod on Monday