Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Rural Development
01-March-2011 15:12 IST
Audit of Road Projects under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)
The achievements made under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) are reviewed and assessed through the Performance Review Committee (PRC) meetings, the Empowered Committee (EC) meetings and various monthly and quarterly progress reports.. Socio-Economic impact assessment of the Program has been conducted which revealed significant improvement in indictors like, per capita income of sample households, frequency of motor transport, number of private transport vehicle in the village, reduction in mortality rate below 5 year age, attendance of teachers in school and land value in the villages connected by PMGSY roads. This information was given by Union Minister of State for Rural Development Shri Pradeep Jain “Aditya” in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The house was also informed that Rural Road is a State subject and PMGSY is a one time special intervention of Central Government to improve the Rural Infrastructure through construction of roads. The rural roads under PMGSY are constructed, maintained and owned by the respective State Governments. As such, the responsibility of timely completion of these roads and action for delay in completion of these lies with the State Governments. The executing agencies of the State Governments are expected to complete the road projects within time period stipulated in the program guidelines. In case of the delay, the relevant provisions of the Standard Bidding Document call for levying of liquidated damages and in case of persistent delay, the termination of contract is attracted. Any escalation in cost due to time overrun is to be borne by the State Government.