The Centre has sanctioned Rs 1,084.42 crore for Maharashtra under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yogana (PMGSY) for the current year.
Giving details of the sanctioned proposal, state Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil said that Centre's high powered committee had approved Rs 608.21 crore for fixing the missing links on 659 bridges on sanctioned roads which are more than 25 meter in length. Another Rs 56.65 crore for construction of roads in the "left out villages" under the Bharat Nirman project was also sanctioned. Similarly, for linking roads in tribal areas, Rs 245.52 crore have been sanctioned and another Rs 55.17 crore for linking of roads in non-tribal areas.
For research and development in construction material so that roads can be constructed at minimum expenditure in rural areas, Rs 118.87 crore have been approved.
Patil said the state government has put in a proposal of upgradation of 12,550 km roads under the PMGSY, which is to the tune of Rs 4,300 crore. "However, the demand is still pending as the Union Rural development Ministry has said that it has not approved upgradation in other states," he added.