Technology-driven best interna- tional practices like GIS and space imaging techniques are reported to have been deployed to oversee and speed-up the construction work. The roads built under PMGSY are required to meet the technical specifications and geometric design standard as per the Rural Road Manual of Indian Road Congress. All rural roads are covered by a five-year maintenance contract and work awarded as per Standard Bidding Document (SBD). All inspection reports are to be mandatorily updated with at least 10 on the job digital photographs. Reputed technical institutes like IITs are designated as independent evaluators for this purpose. 100% of construction cost is borne by GOI. At the end of five years, roads under this scheme are placed under Zonal Maintenance Contract for another five years and costs are borne by the states under State Rural Road Development Agency (SRRDA) through a separate dedicated Maintenance Fund Account. Thus, scheme's distinctive management system and provision of a composite construction contract have resulted in better quality of rural roads across the country.
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