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The ‘Pradhanmantri Gram Sadak Yojana’ (Prime Minister’s Village Road Scheme) was launched by the Govt. of India. The primary objective of the Scheme is to provide connectivity, by way of an all-weather road (with necessary culverts and cross drainage structures, which are operable throughout the year) to the unconnected hamlets in the rural areas. In the first phase, hamlets  with a  population of 1000 (500 in the case of Hill States, tribal and Desert areas) and above will be covered. In the second phase habitations of population of 500(250 in the case of Hill States, tribal and Desert areas) will be covered.

One of the beneficiaries of this Scheme are the villagers in Koderma district of Jharkhand. Villagers are happy that the 8 kilometer road laid out as part of the Scheme connecting about 20 villages has been beneficial to them. Improved connectivity means farmers can sell their produce directly without middlemen, and the sick can be taken to medical facilities in the city.

“It is a very important road. When the road was not constructed the people earlier had to walk all the way to catch the public transport. Now, the road has been made. The people reach the road using tempos to take the bus and go to places like Patna and Ranchi,” Pradeep Pandey, a villager.

“The villagers now go to the city to solve their problems immediately. This has made the villagers very happy,” said Shyam Sunder Singh, a social activist in the region.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, the construction cost is fully borne by the Government of India, with the State Governments responsible for maintaining  the roads. Read more at http://www.littleabout.com/2009/05/13/rural-road-scheme-a-hit-amongst-jharkhand-villagers/

For more information on the scheme, you can visit the website www.pmgsy.org  . It contains details about the roads laid out under this scheme and their current status. You can check the road status by the state and district. The website also provides information about benefited habitations, and expenditure.