Phagwara nagar council will henceforth conduct videography of old or existing road before passing an estimate for construction of a new road in that particular place, in a bid to judiciously use developmental funds and to bring in more transparency into developmental works.
Council officials said that this exercise would help them to assess whether there was an 'actual need' for new road proposed by area councillor or not.
If on the basis of the video, it was felt that the construction was required, the council would prepare estimate and approve it before construction began.
Adarsh Kumar Sharma, executive officer of the council, said that they had decided on this step after chief parliamentary secretary Som Parkash, who represents Phagwara constituency, asked them to do so.
"Videos of any particular place where the new road is to be built will be kept in our office and anyone can have a look at them to make the process transparent," he said.
The NC officials also said that this exercise would help them chalking out their priorities. At times, they pointed out, they received many proposals from different areas falling under the council jurisdiction and videography would help them prioritise their work.
It is pertinent to mention here that estimates for new road were earlier prepared by an engineer of the council. It lacked close scrutiny as higher officials or other authorities could not physically visit the site each time. In the absence of such supervision, many a times estimates were passed even when the old roads were in good conditions
Som Parkash, chief parliamentary secretary, local bodies, said, that he had asked the NC executive officer to implement the move as the practice would help them utilize funds at the right places.