Bhubaneswar: Odisha, which has become top performer in the country for implementation  of Prime Minister Gramya Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in 2017-18, has set a target of upgradation of  2000 km road per month under PMGSY-2.

The Detailed Project Report(DPR) for upgradation of 4400 km of road under PMGSY-2 was approved in a review meeting held under the chairmanship of chief secretary AP Padhi, here on Thursday.

The chief secretary while setting the monthly target directed that the  5-year repair and maintenance programme of the existing road should be intensified.

The rural development principal secretary, Mona Sharma, said that under the PMGSY-2 only the existing roads would be upgraded. The fund for the scheme would be shared between the Centre and the state at the ratio of 60:40. She said that the 4,400 km of road has been selected for upgradation under PMGSY-2 taking into consideration of the traffic and socio-economic utility and the recommendation of the Panchyat Samitis and Zilla Parisads of the 30 district. The work would be completed by 2020, she added.

Under PMGSY-1, till now 48,452 km road and 241 bridges have been completed providing connectivity to 14,337 un-connected villages in the state. This year another 10,000 km road would be laid to provide connectivity to another  2154 villages. By October, 2018 a total sum of Rs 20,892 crore has been spend under the PMGSY-1.

The rural development chief engineer Bijaya Narayan Mishra, said that the state has sent proposals of Rs 697 crore to the Centre for laying 118 new road projects, 143 upgradation of existing roads and 53 bridges.