State seeks funds for roads from Centre

Karnataka Rural Development Minister Jagadish Shettar in his memorandum to Union Minister for Rural Development C P Joshi has said that though under the various schemes, the Karnataka Government had built roads connecting to most of villages over the period of time most of them were in dilapidated condition.

To upgrade these roads, the Centre should immediately release the funds under PMGSY, he said.

Shettar who is in Delhi to meet the Union Minister to apprise him about funds for road works told Deccan Herald that as funds sanctioned to state under the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojna has already dried up, unless fresh money came from the Centre separate establishment set up by the state government consisting of 29 project implementation units and 50 sub-divisions under the scheme would have to close down. 

Since the inception of the PMGSY, which launched in 2000 to provide all-weather access to unconnected habitations, in Karnataka, around 11,833 km roads are completed as on March  31, 2010 and Rs 2365 crore spent. 

Shettar also met Union Law and Justice Minister M Veerappa Moily, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa to request them to take up this issue with the Centre to immediate release of funds.

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