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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Uttar Pradesh has not completed construction of a single road or spent a penny under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)-II since its launch in 2013, the ministry of rural development said on Thursday.

According to government data, out of 252 roadworks sanctioned for the state having a length of 1,913 km, completion of the number of roadworks and length of roadworks (up to June 2015) is zero.

Telangana has completed construction of just one road under PMGSY-II and length of roadworks completed was 11 km, Minister of State for Rural Development Sudarshan Bhagat said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

The PMGSY-II was launched in May 2013 for upgradation of existing selected rural roads based on a prescribed criterion to consolidate the rural road network and improve its overall efficiency.

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

Sapling Plantation
A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

Also Read: Van Mahotsav: The Festival of Plantation Drive in India

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)

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