How connected is rural India?
- The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was launched in December 2000 by the central government to improve national infrastructure. Specifically the government wanted to provide all-weather roads to habitations across the country.
- In the last 15 years the government has spent over 1,37,000 crores to construct almost 4,24,000kmroads through Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
- On an average, the cost of constructing a new rural road is ₹ 35.12 lakh per km while the cost of upgrading it is ₹ 27.23 lakh per km.
- In terms of impact– out of the 5.4 lakh habitations which were identified as unconnected in 2000, 1.96 lakh have been connected till date.