The Union Government signed a 500 million dollar loan agreement with the World Bank to provide additional financing for the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) Rural Roads Project. The project, implemented by the Union Rural Development ministry, aims to build 7,000 km of climate resilient roads, out of which 3,500 km will be constructed using green technologies.
The PMGSY has over the years brought about a paradigm shift in the way rural roads are mapped, designed, monitored and built, involving communities especially women.
The additional finance will help bring a new shift in construction technology using green and low carbon designs and climate resilient construction techniques.
Under this additional financing, the PMGSY and the Bank’s involvement will emphasize on managing the rural road network through green and climate-resilient construction using green, low-carbon designs and new technologies, far beyond merely funding civil works.
Climate vulnerability assessment during the design process to identify the critical locations affected by floods, water-logging, cloudbursts, storms, landslides, poor drainage, excessive erosion, high rainfall and high temperatures.
• Special treatment for flood-affected areas through adequate waterways and submersible roads to allow easy passage of water, use of concrete block pavements and improved drainage.
• Use of environmentally optimized road designs and new technologies that use local and marginal materials and industrial by-products such as sand, local soils, fly ash, brick kiln wastes and other similar materials in place of crushed rocks.
• Innovative bridges and culverts through use of pre-fabricated/pre-cast units for roads and bridges having better ability to withstand earthquakes and water forces such as continuous beams, bearing free construction and river training works.