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Lt Governor reviews functioning of Public Works Department

Last Updated on July 7, 2021 at 4:14 pm

In order to strengthen the road network across J&K, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today set the target of 8000 km of road length for the Public Works (R&B) Department . 

The meeting was informed about a quantum leap in terms of achievement made by J&K Government in the road sector with 3167 kms of new roads been built under 272 schemes in 2020-21 as compared to previous 5 years’ average of 1450 kms.

The Lt Governor was chairing a high-level meeting to review the functioning of the PW(R&B) Department, wherein he sought the detailed status of achievements made and the goals set under various components.

Reach out to unconnected habitations with road connectivity. Put concerted efforts to strengthen and expand the intra UT road network, especially in rural & remote areas so that the population living in these areas can be extended all basic amenities for leading a quality life, the Lt Governor asked the PWD officials.

While seeking the present status of the physical health of the old infrastructure, the Lt Governor directed the concerned officials to implement report of Safety Audit of Bridges in letter & spirit and further instructed them to prioritize work on bridges that needs immediate repairs.

Emphasizing on keeping a regular watch on the work progress, the Lt Governor passed specific directions for regular on-ground visits of field officers for ensuring quality and constant monitoring of the infrastructure, and submission of the progress report on a regular basis, with special focus on road projects.

People have high expectations from the Government. It is important to address their developmental needs by taking concerted measures in this direction, observed the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor suggested the officials to explore all possibilities to lay down a comprehensive mechanism to bring uniformity in tendering, quality control, inspection, and monitoring process.

The Lt Governor also issued clear-cut directions for completion of projects hanging in for long.      

While reviewing the achievements being registered during the last six years, the Lt Governor complimented the efforts put in by the concerned officers for completing 3167 kms of new road length in 2020-21, which is more than double as compared to the length covered in previous 5 years.