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50,000 kilometers of road to be upgraded under PMGSY-II.

Union Minister of State for Rural Development Shri Upendra Kushwaha has said that a total road length of 50,000 kilometers has been approved for upgradation in the 12th Five Year Plan under second phase of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, PMGSY-II. Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, he said, PMGSY-II focuses on upgradation of existing selected rural roads based on their economic potential and their role in facilitating the growth of rural market centres and rural hubs. Launched on 1st May, 2013, PMGSY-II envisages consolidation of the existing Rural Road Network to improve its overall efficiency as a provider of transportation services for people, goods and services. Shri Kushwaha informed the members that under PMGSY-II, States are required to assess the traffic projection which enables them to decide on the carriageway width of the eligible roads.