Special Correspondent

PMGSY and Special Development Plan funds will be used for the purpose

Comprehensive Development plan includes extension of communication network

GULBARGA: The Centre for Hyderabad Karnataka Regional Development, established by the Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board, has come out with a comprehensive road development plan for the Hyderabad Karnataka region using the funds available under the Prime Minister Grameen Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) and the Special Development Plan (SDP) of the Government for the implementation of the recommendations of the Nanjundappa Committee.

The centre, under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor of Gulbarga University B.G. Mulimani, and with Regional Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners and Chief Executive Officers of the five districts in the Hyderabad Karnataka region as ex-officio members, was established to identify specific areas of backwardness and take up scientific development of critical factors for integrated and all-round development of the region.

Secretary of the Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board Shalini Rajneesh Goel, who was responsible for the establishment of the centre, said here on Thursday that a comprehensive plan had been prepared not only to provide asphalted road link to every village from taluk headquarters but also extend the communication network to habitations having a population of less than 500.

Initially, a rough estimate of Rs. 2,085 crore was prepared by the officials of the PMGSY for providing asphalted road link to all the villages from taluk headquarters in the five districts of the region — Bellary, Koppal, Raichur, Bidar and Gulbarga. But the estimates prepared using the data provided by the Remote Sensing Application Centre showed that using Rs. 312 crore from PMGSY and Rs 156.4 crore from Special Development Plan all the villages in the region could be provided road link.

Ms. Goel said that a study was taken up for preparing the action plan for the development of road network and converting the mud roads in the region into asphalted ones. She said that the Government had taken up road work through the Public Works Department, the zilla panchayat, the HKDB, KRDCL and the MLA Local Area Development Fund, but owing to lack of single database, the status of the each road on which the Government had invested funds was not known. However, an attempt was made under PMGSY to compile all the details of the status of the roads and road work taken up by different agencies.

She said that the data compiled was transferred to the road network maps for spatial clarity of road status. Later, these maps were handed over to the Remote Sensing Application Centre in Gulbarga University for digitisation. Based on these details, the officials at the centre and the PMGSY prepared an estimate for providing road link to all the villages from the respective taluks.