Government, World Bank sign agreement to improve rural road network in MP
The Union Government along with the state government of Madhya Pradesh on April 24, 2018 signed a $210 million loan agreement with the World Bank for the Madhya Pradesh Rural Connectivity Project.
Objective of the Project
The project aims to improve the durability, resilience and safety of the gravel surfaced rural roads and enhance the capacity of the state to manage its rural roads network.
The project aims to ensure that communities in the most remote areas across the country are connected through a road network.
The project will strengthen road safety management systems with the objective of reducing fatalities and serious injuries from road accidents.
It will focus on improving road accident data collection and analysis at central and state levels through implementation of the Road Accident Database Management System (RADMS) - strengthen road safety capacity at the central level and focus on training.
• The project will cover 10,510 km stretch of rural roads in Madhya Pradesh that fall under the Chief Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (CMGSY) program.
• Among this, 10,000 km will be upgraded from existing gravel to bituminous surface roads, while 510 km of new roads will be built with the same bituminous surface standard.
• The project will also undertake resilience measures such as surface sealing of roads, embankment pitching, and balancing culverts to prevent damages caused by extreme flood events.
• Further, it will engage women self-help groups (SHG) in the post construction maintenance activity on a pilot basis.
• This will involve routine maintenance of off-carriage way parts of the road, while the main carriageway maintenance will remain part of the original contractor’s contract.
• The SHG members will be trained through the project, and their work will be directly supervised and managed by the Madhya Pradesh Rural Road Development Authority (MPRRDA) field offices.
• In fact, a direct maintenance contract will be executed between the SHG group and MPRRDA for 3-5 years.
Who signed the agreement?
The agreement for the project was signed by Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, on behalf of the Union Government, Pankaj Jhawar, Chief General Manager, Madhya Pradesh Rural Road Development Authority on behalf of Madhya Pradesh and Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, World Bank India, on behalf of World Bank.
Reduce Carbon Footprint?
The transport sector is one of the most significant emitters of greenhouse gases.
Hence, alternate sealing options for road construction like polymer modified asphalt, asphalt blended with plastic waste, and multiple surface treatment that will be piloted on approximately 20 percent of the length will not only be more cost-effective but will also reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector.