The Chief Minister of West Bengal has launched the "Pathashree-Rastashree" project, which aims to strengthen road infrastructure and improve connectivity in remote villages by constructing 12,000 km of roads in 22 districts. The project was announced by the state's finance minister and will cover over 30,000 villages, with 7,219 new roads to be built and another 1,548 roads to be upgraded. The initiative will cover over 29,475 villages across all gram panchayats in the state.
In addition to providing road connectivity to remote areas, the program aims to generate employment opportunities. The state government plans to deploy job card holders enrolled under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme for the construction of roads in the rural areas of the state. The Chief Minister emphasized the importance of the project in promoting development in the heartland of the state and improving the lives of people living in remote areas.