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    Government to monitor construction of rural roads via satellites

    Satellite mapping of roads

    As part of stopping corruption in rural roads construction, the Central Government will do geo-satellite monitoring of the entire process of construction of rural roads in the country. Recently, a pilot project in this regard was carried out by the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The four-month pilot project was conducted in five states- Odisha, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Assam. The pilot study revealed that nearly one-third (31 per cent) of the village roads in 10 districts across the country were shorter than the sanctioned length. The Rural Development Ministry will sign a MoU with the National Remote Sensing Agency for the geo-satellite monitoring. The monitoring will be done for analysing the length and optimal alignment of roads along with cross-drainage structures over them, such as bridges. The entire exercise is expected to make the scheme more efficient and will help check misuse of funds. More than 4.81 lakh km of roads connecting 1.192 lakh habitations across the country were constructed under the PMGSY till June 30. The government has also launched the second phase of PMGSY which envisages consolidation of the existing rural road network to improve its overall efficiency.

    Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com
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