Bhubaneswar, Aug 7
While approving two project proposals of the Odisha government under the Asian Development Bank component of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), the Empowered Committee (EC) of the Union Rural development ministry has asked the state government to take appropriate measures to ensure better quality work.
In a letter to chief minister Naveen Patnaik today, Union Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh said that the EC has approved 343 road works covering 1184 km of roads and 140 long-span bridges proposed by the state government costing Rs 584 crore and Rs 483 crore respectively.
The Union minister, however, said that the EC had asked the state government to enhance its project implementation units (PIUs) to deliver the desired quality of the roads.
Stating that the State was yet to complete 2048 road works sanctioned till March, 2011, the committee has observed that unless the State enhanced its contracting capacity and execution capacity of the contractors, the desired progress with respect to speed and quality could not be achieved.
“Keeping this in view, the ministry has decided to send a team headed by the joint secretary to Odisha by August-end to have a meeting with the senior officials regarding various issues being faced by the State,” Ramesh said.
Besides, the committee has also observed that in addition to State Quality Monitors engaged for second tier quality monitoring, the State should also institutionalise the quality monitoring in some selected districts. The ministry has asked the state government to submit its plan in this regard by August this year.
Drawing the attention of the chief minister, the Union minister said since the state government was yet to financially close 1100 works which is basically on account of final bill clearances, the ministry had asked to close about 50 percent of the completed works by August and the rest by September this year.
He also informed that his ministry will consider the next round of PMGSY proposal of Odisha in September/October this year.