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Rural infrastructure discussed

CAPACITY BUILDING workshops on Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) were conducted by NABARD for implementing departments of the State Government from March 16 to18.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 14:15 IST

CAPACITY BUILDING workshops on Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) were conducted by NABARD for implementing departments of the State Government from March 16 to18.

According to a release, these workshops were organised to sensitise field functionaries of these departments regarding the procedures involved in RIDF.

PWD Principal Secretary Padamveer Singh inaugurated the workshop held at the valedictory session for officials of the department.

Addressing the session, Singh said there was a need for reducing time lag between project formulation and implementation. He said the PWD was in the process of building up a comprehensive database on the status of existing roads to help planning for new roads and strengthening existing ones and suggested that such workshops be conducted at regular and frequent intervals.

NABARD General Manager SG Siddesh said the implementation of RIDF in the past 11 years had brought out the need to conduct State-wise survey of existing infrastructure and identify unutilised/under-utilised infrastructure before fresh infrastructure is created.

NABARD General Manager Vijendra Sharma highlighted the role of the bank in creation of the much needed infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh. An assistance of Rs 3,458 crores had been sanctioned to 2306 projects in irrigation, road and bridges, power and other social sectors against which Rs 2005 crores had been released.

SJS Tulsi, Engineer-in-Chief, Sushma Dubey, Joint Director and other senior officials of PWD also participated in the deliberations.

First Published: Mar 19, 2006 14:15 IST