India has essentially a rural-oriented economy with 74 per cent of its population living in its villages. At the commencement of PMGSY in 2000, it was estimated that about 330,000 out of its 825,000 villages and habitations were without any all-weather road access. A majority of the poorly connected rural communities lie in ten States (Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal).
Rural Road connectivity is a key component of rural development by promoting access to economic and social services and thereby generating increased agricultural incomes and productive employment opportunities. It is also a key ingredient in ensuring poverty reduction.Read more