Rural road connectivity is set to get a quantum leap with the National Rural Roads Development Agency (NRRDA), sanctioning 148 new roads connecting remote or inaccessible habitations over 419.93 kms.

Speaking to The Hindu , the Anantapur MP, Anantha Venkatrami Reddy, said that the NRRDA, an agency under the Ministry of Rural Development and also the implementing agency for the Pradhana Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), had sanctioned the new roads as against a total sought number of over 250 roads covering over 620 kms, after field level inspection.

Thanking the Minister for Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh, for taking a keen interest in the improvement of the district and expediting the process of sanctioning the roads, after due representation seeking the same by him; he said that Jairam Ramesh would visit the district before the end of the month to lay the foundation for the works.

Road repair

“Each kilometre of road entails a cost of Rs. 36 lakh,” said Mr. Reddy even as he added that the district had seen a fillip in terms of laying new roads in rural as well as urban areas besides extensive road repairs.

A total of over Rs. 150 crore will be spent on these newly sanctioned roads under the PMGSY scheme, he said.

Meanwhile, the Gorantla mandal stands to benefit the most from the latest sanction under PMGSY with the mandal standing to get 13 new roads closely followed by Tanakallu mandal with 11 new roads while Chilamathur and Agalai mandals stand to get nine new roads each.

However, close to 45 mandals in the district are set to benefit from the sanction of roads with at least two being sanctioned for each of these mandals with only a few exceptions.

All the habitations being connected through these new roads, most importantly, are habitations with a population of not more than 500 people.

The construction of all the sanctioned roads, it is learnt, is to be started at the earliest so as to be completed before the end of the year or earlier, close to the elections.