The primary objective of the PMGSY is to provide Connectivity, by way of an All-weather Road (with necessary culverts and cross-drainage structures, which is operable throughout the year), to the eligible unconnected Habitations in the rural areas, in such a way that:
All Unconnected Habitations with a population of 1000 persons and above are covered in 1st Stage.
All Unconnected Habitations with a population of 500 persons and above are covered in the next stage. In respect of the Hill States (North-East, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttaranchal) and the Desert Areas (as identified in the Desert Development Programme) as well as the Tribal (Schedule V) areas, the objective would be to connect Habitations with a population of 250 persons and above.
The PMGSY will permit the Upgradation (to prescribed standards) of the existing roads in those Districts where all the eligible Habitations of the designated population size have been provided all-weather road connectivity. However, it must be noted that Upgradation is not central to the Programme and cannot exceed 20% of the State’s allocation as long as eligible Unconnected Habitations in the State still exist. In Upgradation works, priority should be given to Through Routes of the Rural Core Network, which carry more traffic.
1. All Unconnected Habitation of 1000+ Population and 500+ Population in Tribal Area
2. All Unconnected Habitation of 500+ Population and 250+ Population in Tribal Area
3. Upgradation of the Road in order to Decrease the Population