Public works department minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon has said that in order to ensure durability of newly-laid or repaired roads in the state, the contractor and the officers concerned would be made accountable if roads got broken before five years.
Dhillon was addressing a press conference at the residence of local MLA Gurbachan Singh Babbehali at Babbehali village, 5 km from here, on Wednesday.
He had come here to inaugurate the four-day rural sports and cultural fair at Babbehali, popularly known as Babbehali Chhinjh. He said that tenders would be floated for laying new roads measuring 150 to 175 km in each assembly constituency across the state.
He said that his department had planned to link all the cities of Punjab by four-lane roads. In reply to a query, Dhillon said that the 15-foot wide bridge, which was in a dilapidated condition at Allie Chak village on the Dinanagar-Taragarh road, would be widened to 7 metres and the said road would be laid afresh from Dinanagar to Kathua by the Border Road Organisation.
Later he addressed a gathering at the Babbehali Chhinjh and announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the village mela committee and Rs 55 lakh for the renovation of the buildings of all the three government schools of the Babbehali village.