Rural roads infrastructure has undergone a sea-change under Trinamool rule
Ever since the Trinamool Congress Government came to power in 2011, led by Mamata Banerjee, there has been huge improvement in the rural roads infrastructure of Bengal. The Chief Minister has ensured the construction of 13, 571 km of rural roads over the last six years (as a comparison, the Left Front Government, over a period of 11 years – from 2000 to 2011 – constructed 10, 239 km of roads).
Currently, the State Panchayats and Rural Development Department is carrying out upgrading of the existing rural roads in Paschim Medinipur, Jhargram, Bankura and Purulia districts. In Jhargram, which has become a new district recently, massive work is on to construct new roads as well as upgrade existing ones.
Over and above that, the department has submitted a detailed project report (DPR) for a 3,300 km stretch to the Centre. In all the 23 districts and 341 blocks, the construction of rural roads is in full swing.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly asked her officials to ensure that there is an improvement in rural connectivity and drinking water is made available in every household of rural Bengal. Accordingly, the Panchayats and Rural Development Minister, along with senior officials and engineers of the department, chalked out a blueprint for the construction of rural roads.