Taking a serious note of poor condition of roads and incomplete work on some bridges in the Lahaul valley, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday said no laxity or excuses pertaining to work on bridges and maintenance of roads in the valley would be tolerated.
While addressing various public meetings at Keylong, Jhalama and Udaipur sub-division in the tribal Lahaul-Spiti district, he said closure of Rohtang Pass was no excuse for delay of development works, and directed the public works and irrigation and public health departments to gather all required paraphernalia before the Rohtang Pass closed again, so that development activities in the valley did not come to a standstill.
He directed that the bridges that were the main link between villages located on either side of Chandra Bhaga river or in Mayad valley should be completed on priority. "I have observed that works which are required to be finished within a year or two are taking more than four to five years for completion," the CM said, adding that the government proposed to connect every village of the state with roads.
He took note of incomplete work on few bridges in Mayad valley and directed the authorities to complete the bridges at Challing, Karpat and Nalda by November, 2015, by working overtime.
"Besides, the Syphan-Jhunda irrigation supply scheme and few other irrigation schemes that were pending for the past many years should be completed on priority. I will personally monitor the pace of works," he added.