Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2017)
Role of World Bank assistance in rural road development of India
Author(s): Shweta Sharma
Abstract: World Bank projects have helped Rural Roads Program (Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana or PMGSY), an initiative Government of India’s significantly expand rural road connectivity in an efficient and organized manner. Many unconnected habitations now, have reach to all-weather roads and vital rural link roads have been upgraded that has revitalized the rural economy and improved the quality of life in these areas– children can now go to school, medical facilities are easier to access, and markets are within reach. These states included were the poor income states of Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar, as well as the upland states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Punjab. The project has introduced innovative technologies, developing IT applications for field-level reporting, training local contractors and ensuring that the roads are constructed and maintained in a sustainable manner.