CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has issued instructions to ensure immediate repair of roads damaged by excessive rains and initiate action against the erring contractors and officials in this regard, official sources today said here.
The Chief Minister was reviewing the situation of the damage to roads due to rains at the Rajya Mantralya here today. It was informed at the meeting that a letter has been sent to the Government of India requesting it to carry out repair of the national highways damaged due to rains.
The highways that have been badly hit by the rains in the State include Bhopal-Indore road, roads passing through Biaora bypass and two highways.
Chouhan stated that action should be initiated against the contractors if they are found guilty for not adhering to the prescribed norms in construction of new roads. Also, action should be taken against the officials who did not properly monitor construction of roads.
It was decided at the meeting that contractors should be asked to carry out repair of roads constructed under the BOT scheme in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract. Necessary budget is available with the department for repair of departmental roads.
It was agreed upon to complete the work of important roads by October 30 to facilitate smooth movement of traffic. The roads that need to be reconstructed should be taken up after inviting tenders. It was felt at the meeting that it might take two and a half months time to begin construction of these roads.
It was also decided at the meeting that constant inspection of roads for which term of contract is expiring in the near future, should be ensured. The contractors would be asked to ensure that the roads are in good condition on the expiry of the agreement. It was also informed that preliminary repair of most of the damaged roads would be completed by October 30.
Those who attended the meeting included Public Works Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, Principal Secretary Finance, Sumit Bose, Principal Secretary, Public Works, Padamveer Singh, Managing Director, Road Development Corporation, Mohammad Suleman, Secretary Public Works Department, S J S Tulsi and Engineer-in-Chief, Anand Selat.
‘Ensure optimum power supply’
CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed the concerning officers to ensure optimum supply of electricity to the farmers keeping in view the power requirement of the farmers during the forthcoming Rabi season.
Official sources said the Chief Minister issued the instructions while reviewing the power supply situation for Rabi crops at a meeting at Mantralaya here today. It was informed at the meeting that there is likelihood of obtaining electricity at comparatively higher rates from outside the State this year.
According to a preliminary estimation, an amount of Rs 400 crore would be spent on purchase of power from outside the State. In the wake of High Court’s permission to store water up to 260-meter mark in the Indira Sagar Reservoir, the State is expected to get electricity for a longer period this year.
Energy Minister Kailash Vijayvargia, Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahani, Secretary, Energy, Sanjay Bandopadhyaya and officers concerned also participated in the meeting.