Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
In 2000, a parallel programme to Golden Quadrilateral, the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was launched to provide all-weather road connectivity to every rural habitation with a minimum population of 500 in the plains and 250-plus in hill states, tribal districts and desert areas. The biggest impact of the project was on productivity.
Between 2000-01 and 2003-04, a cumulative expenditure of Rs 6,607.83 crore was incurred under PMGSY, with 51,511 km of roads getting built. NDA's successor UPA 1, did not undermine the programme, despite it being an NDA flagship and wholly invested in the programme.