In a bid to check corruption in construction of rural roads, the Centre 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.
It found that nearly one-third (31 per cent) of the village roads in 10 districts across India were shorter than the sanctioned length.
“The Rural Development Ministry will sign an MoU with the National Remote Sensing Agency for geo-satellite monitoring of the construction of rural roads and also the roads which have been constructed,” a source said.
The move comes after the pilot study revealed that there have been few cases where there is a mismatch between the sanctioned road lengths and the actual length constructed, the source said.
The monitoring will be done for analysing the length and optimal alignment of roads along with cross-drainage structures over them, such as bridges.
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