Public works department (PWD) minister Sartaj Singh on Saturday said roads in MP would now be constructed keeping in mind the traffic density of the areas. Singh said this while presenting the report card of his department for the last one year.
The minister also highlighted the achievements of the department and spoke about the projects and schemes that are on cards. He also announced that the department is planning to send a proposal to the state government for transfer of city roads to municipal corporations.
"Generally, in cities, many road stretches are maintained by the municipal corporations and other agencies. However, PWD is mostly at the receiving end when it comes to dilapidated conditions of the roads. The municipal corporations will be in a better position to develop and maintain the roads in the cities," he said.
When asked why no strict action as being taken against the senior officials for the full or partial collapse of the four bridges in last two years, Singh said they had taken action against those found responsible after the investigation. "This year, we have taken action against contractors and officials in 86 cases this year," he said.
On why many road stretches were being given on built operate transfer basis, the minister said given the limitations of the resources, it is not possible to maintain and construct roads in a vast state like MP. "But in last one year, despite the limitations, we have been able to construct a network of 3,086 roads in MP," Singh said.
When asked why the license of the brother of mineral resources and public relations minister Rajendra Shukla — who was contractor for the construction of the bridge that collapsed partially earlier this month in Hoshangabad — was not cancelled, Singh avoided answering the question directly.
However, media insisted, he said action against the persons accountable for the partial collapse cannot be taken till the investigation was completed.