Shimla: To construct 1165 kilometres of road and 27 bridges in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh, the state has got Rs. 649 crore for current financial year under Centrally Sponsored Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana or PMGSY.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, while reviewing the performance of PMGSY, which is aimed to provide good all-weather road connectivity to unconnected villages, said that under the scheme over 45 villages of the state would be connected with the road facility.

Singh said that Rs. 623 crore had been spent on constructing 10 bridges, 360 roads involving a length of 1762 Kilometres and connecting 297 habitations during last three years in the State under the Scheme.

He said that State Government was making every effort to provide road connectivity upto the remotest corner of the State.

The Chief Minister directed the PWD to prepare DPRs so that eligible habitations were covered by year 2019. He stressed upon contacting concerned district administrations and elected representatives to motivate beneficiaries to donate land voluntarily for speedy construction of roads. New DPRs may be got approved under the Forest Conservation Act and Forest Right Act, he added.