Government takes loan from HUDCO

OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL

Shortage of workers in 11 districts in the state is costing the government dear.

The Madhya Pradesh Rural Road Development Authority ( MPRRDA) had to

borrow Rs 400 crore as loan from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation ( HUDCO) to get the work under Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana done.

The construction of unmetalled road under Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana is done in the state under MNREGS. But in 11 districts – Sehore, Vidisha, Hoshangabad, Raisen, Harda, Ujjain, Bhind, Rewa, Narsinghpur, Mandsaur and Balaghat – where workers are not available, the construction is being done through RRDA. According to sources, RRDA would get the work done by contractors.

The government has to spend Rs 400 crore for the work at the initial stage. In tribal villages, having a population of 250 to 500 people, gravel roads would be constructed and the government is gearing up to start the work after the rainy season.

The sources said the department of Rural Development had sent the file to the Finance department for getting the loan sanctioned.

The construction of these roads was started through Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana when the Central government denied grant from Prime Minister Rural Road Scheme for it.

The government intends to use the fund allotted under MNREGS for construction of roads but the shortage of workers in these districts may pose a big economic problem for the government.

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