From the last few years, the Punjab Mandi Board was extremely worried over the repair of rural roads. As per rules, a rural road is to be repaired every six years. But most stretches of the rural road network have not been repaired for the past eight to nine years. But now, the transporters will not face any trouble in the transportation of farmers’ produce to mandis across the state as the Punjab Government has finally launched a giant programme of repairing 16000 kms. network of link roads.
For the entire project, the Punjab Government is going to spent Rs. 2000 Crore and it will take around two years to accomplish. There are three types of rural roads. One, that connect a town with another via villages. Two, that connect a village with another. And third, that lead to villages from the outskirts of rural areas. The state has a wide network of rural link roads across the State having length of 61,436 kms. Out of this, 16000 kms. link roads were badly damaged and need repair at the earliest as they are the most used by villages.
It shall be noted the the final nod to this project was given by Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh during a State level function to mark the commencement of first phase of farm debt relief scheme. The project will be looked after by the Chairperson of Punjab Mandi Board Lal Singh.