[ecis2016.org] The RWD Bihar is responsible for building and maintaining rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, the Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and the Gramin Tola Sampark Nischay Yojana
If road connectivity acts as a crucial factor to gauge the pace of infrastructure development, Bihar would have to work hard. Even the official take on the matter is pessimistic – according to the Rural Works Department (RWD) Bihar, the state ‘figures among states with very poor rural connectivity’.
RWD Bihar: Objectives
While the Patna-headquartered department lists construction and maintenance of rural roads falling mainly in the category of other district roads and village roads, it has to catch up with other states when it comes to road network development.
“The enormous task of building and maintaining roads poses a formidable challenge in so far as assuring quality technical workmanship and overall output along with real time rectification interventions is concerned,” reads the text on the RWD website under its ‘vision’ statement. The text also alludes to the manpower constraint of the department.
Road network development in Bihar
Out of a total of 1,29,209 habitations identified in central, state-core networks and supplementary state-core network of rural connectivity, Bihar has been able to provide connectivity to 68,174 habitations by single all-weather roads, so far. Of these 68,174 habitations, about 45,672 habitations have been covered under the centrally-sponsored flagship scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and the remaining 22,493-odd habitations under various state schemes, mainly under the state-sponsored supplementary flagship schemes, the Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and its successor, the Mukhya Mantri Gram Sampark Yojana (MMGSY).
Bihar still has to provide connectivity to about 61,035 habitations in the next five years, including about 5,156 under the PMGSY and the remaining under the MMGSY and the GTSNY.
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Information about road development in Bihar
The RWD portal also acts as a one-stop destination to track the progress of rural road development in Bihar. You can visit the website by clicking here.
You could also visit the department’s head office in Patna at the address mentioned below:
Rural Works Department,
5th Floor, Vishveshwarya Bhawan,
The Bihar RWD is responsible for building and maintaining rural roads under the centrally sponsored Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), the Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (MMGSY) and the Gramin Tola Sampark Nischay Yojana (GTSNY).
Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)
The Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana is a central government scheme. The primary objective of the PMGSY is to provide connectivity, by way of all-weather roads to habitations that do not have connectivity, so far in the rural areas. Earlier it was a fully central government-sponsored scheme but from 2015-16, the funding is shared between the centre and the state in a 60:40 ratio.
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Mukhya Mantri Gram Sampark Yojana (MMGSY)
The Bihar government launched the Mukhya Mantri Gram Sampark Yojana in 2013, to connect all-weather roads to all rural habitations with a population of more than 250 in 27 non-IAP districts, involving construction and improvement of 28,075 kms of roads, with an estimated expenditure of Rs 19,652 crores. The programme is funded by the state government.
Gramin Tola Sampark Nischay Yojana (GTSNY)
The Gramin Tola Sampark Nischay Yojana (GTSNY) aims to provide good all-weather road connectivity to areas with population of 100-249, which are not mapped under central or state-core networks. The Saat Nishchay (seven commitments) programme is a component of this scheme.
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RWD Bihar: News updates
In December 2020, chief minister (CM) Nitish Kumar announced plans to provide additional road connectivity in rural areas under the Saat Nischay Part-2 programme. The CM said all rural roads would be connected with nearest state highways (SHs) and national highways (NHs).
Last year, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari also said roadworks worth Rs 30,000 crores were ongoing in the state of Bihar. Under the Central Road Fund, works worth Rs 2,097 crores have been approved in the last six years in Bihar, against which Rs 1,281 crores has been released, the minister said.
Where can I check RWD Bihar tenders?
You can check e-Tender, Tender Disposal Detail and Departmental Tender under the ‘Tender’ option on the top right of the homepage https://rwdbihar.gov.in/
What is RWD Bihar contact number?
You can reach the RWD Bihar on the toll-free number 1800-3456-179.
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