On May 22, 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tweeted it had ratcheted the pace of rural road construction under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) to 133 km a day over the three years to 2016-17, up from 69.35 km a day in 2013-14.
However, compared with the Narendra Modi government’s own performance in the first two years, the pace of rural road construction has slackened, connecting, up to January 2017, less than half (46%) of the habitations targeted under PMGSY-I in 2016-17, an IndiaSpend analysis of rural development ministry data shows.
As the BJP government completes three years in office this week, IndiaSpend is analysing five of its key electoral promises–on employment, Swachh Bharat, roads, access to electricity and terrorism. In the third part today, we look at how the BJP government has performed on promises it had made on building roads and improving connectivity in the party’s electoral manifesto.
Roads allocation up, completion time down, but target not met
In its manifesto, the BJP had made three major promises on roads: It would connect tribal hamlets with all-weather roads, improve village-level road infrastructure, and connect ports with roads to the hinterland. While standalone data on roads connecting tribal hamlets are not available, on roads connecting ports to the hinterland, consolidated numbers are available only up to 2013. Read More…