Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday reviewed the entire road development plan and issued directions to monitor the construction of the rural roads for quality construction and timely completion.
Badal directed the Apex Committee headed by Financial Commissioner Development (FCD) to monitor and check construction of rural roads across the state.
Badal in a detailed meeting with the senior officers of the PWD and Mandi Board here asked them to ensure speedy construction and repair of rural roads to improve the connectivity for heavy vehicular traffic in the rural areas.
Badal was apprised in the meeting that out of 8,600 km of rural roads under repair at a cost of Rs 1436 crore, 1260 km have been completed at a cost of Rs 360 crore and the remaining would be completed by October this year, officials said.
He was also apprised that the annual road plan of PMGSY of 1,460 km involving a cost of Rs 480 crore had already been approved.
He further directed the officers to complete the repair works of rural roads expeditiously and monitor the quality norms by personally overseeing the work on the site.
Badal also asked the Apex Committee to inspect some roads in Majha, Doaba and Malwa regions of the state and were given a norm of five roads in five districts in each region to check the quality of workmanship on random basis.
He also asked the Committee to get the boundary along both sides of the rural roads cleared from unauthorised occupation and encroachment to ensure smooth movement of vehicular traffic without causing any inconvenience.
The Apex Committee was earlier constituted by the Chief Minister under the chairmanship of FCD with Technical Advisor to Punjab government Lt Gen (retd.) B S Dhaliwal, Secretary PWD, Chief Engineers PWD and Mandi Board as its members.