Chief Minister reviews the works of Public Works Department
Instructions given for commercial use of departmental lands besides the roads
Raipur, April 27
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel reviewed the work of Public Works Department at his residence office here. He said that no compromise should be made regarding the quality of the construction works being done by all the construction departments including public works, water resources and panchayats.
He said that third party inspection should be ensured in all construction works. Chief Minister also reviewed the works of road connectivity in Naxal affected areas and directed the departmental officers to complete timely.
During the review meeting, Chief Minister Baghel instructed to make commercial use of departmental land along the roads, where there is enough space to develop facilities like hotels, dhabas etc. so that employment can be provided to the local people and facilities can also be provided to the passengers.
Bhupesh Baghel said that while acquiring land for roads in future, care should be taken to develop these facilities and land should be reserved for them.
Chief Minister gave special emphasis on the quality of all construction works including buildings, roads, bridges and culverts and instructed to complete the ongoing works timely.
Public Works Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu informed that the period fixed for annual maintenance work of roads and bridges has been increased from 3 years to 5 years. On this occasion, Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Ravindra Choubey, Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar, Urban Administration Minister Dr. Shiv Kumar Daharia, Chief Secretary R.P. Mandal, Additional Chief Secretary Subrata Sahoo, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Amitabh Jain, Secretary Public Works Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi and senior officers of other departments were present.
In the review meeting, Additional Chief Secretary Public Works Amitabh Jain informed about financial and material progress of departmental works, through the presentation. He informed that 36 works have been approved under the National Highway Development Program, out of which 18 works have been completed. Completed works include 1049 km of road, 5 bridges and a railway over bridge. Out of the 26 roads of 767 km length of Chhattisgarh Road Development Corporation, 11 roads of 615 km have been completed, the remaining works will be completed by December 2020.
He gave information about the main provisions made in the budget for the year 2020-21. Shri Jain said that an amount of 659 crore has been allotted for 723 different works. These include Rs 480 crore for 603 roads of 3925 km length in the current financial year, Rs 90 crore for 97 major bridges, Rs 30 crore for 8 Under and Over bridge, 33 crore for Indoor Stadiums at Divisional Headquarters in Durg, Jagdalpur and Ambikapur, Rs 22 crore for the auditorium at eleven district headquarters Dhamtari, Korba, Kanker, Gariaband, Balod, Bemetra, Mungeli, Korea, Balrampur, Jashpur and Bijapur.
Apart from this, a provision of Rs 4 crore has been made to install on-grid solar system in 120 buildings of Public Works Department. He said that for the prevention of corona epidemic infection during the lockdown period, various works including AC, electrification, gas pipeline were done in medical colleges and district hospitals at a cost of Rs. 8 crore 69 lakh. From the 20th of this month till now, 104 works have been started by the department including 40 road, 42 buildings and 22 bridge works.
In the review meeting, reviewing the work progress of the last financial year 2019-20, it was informed that 844 works costing Rs 6633 crore are in progress. An amount of 1922 crores has been spent on these works till March 2020. 148 such works in which 75 percent amount has been spent in these works will be completed in the first phase by the month of June. 161 such works in which more than 50 percent amount has been spent, will be completed in the second phase and the remaining 535 works will be completed in the third phase.