NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the construction of 32,152 km of roads which are to be completed under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in far-flung tribal and backward areas, including those affected by leftwing extremism, at a cost of Rs 33,822 crore.
The Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved telecom connectivity in tribal areas by putting up telecom towers in 7,287 villages in such areas in the five states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha.
A total of 44 aspirational districts in these five states will get benefited with 4G-based mobile services and telecom connectivity, where e-governance facilities would also be provided to residents in these backward areas, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said while briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting.
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