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Bharat Nirman 


The President of India, in his address to Parliament on 25th February,
2005, announced a major business plan for rebuilding rural India called
Bharat Nirman. The Finance Minister, in his Budget Speech of 28th February,
2005, identified Rural Roads as one of the six components of Bharat Nirman
and has set a goal to provide connectivity to all habitations with a population
of 1000 persons and above (500 persons and above in the case of hilly or
tribal areas) with an all-weather road. A total of 59564 habitations are
proposed to be provided new connectivity under Bharat Nirman. This would
involve construction of 1,46,185 Kms of rural roads. In addition to new
connectivity, Bharat Nirman envisages upgradation/renewal of 1,94,130 Kms
of existing rural roads. This comprises 60% upgradation from Government of
India and 40% renewal by the State Governments.