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Bad roads: UP government suspended 12 PWD engineers

The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday suspended 12 engineers of the Public Works Department for laxity and negligence of duty in implementation of BJP’s pre-poll promise to make all roads pothole free.

lucknow Updated: Jan 11, 2018 14:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Engineers were suspended for poor performance in achieving the target set by the state government. (HT Photo)

The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday suspended 12 engineers of the Public Works Department (PWD) for laxity and negligence of duty in implementation of BJP’s pre-poll promise to make all roads pothole free.

Poor Performance
  • Probe ordered against four superintendent engineers, 13 executive engineers and 16 additional engineers.
  • Under pothole free roads plan, chief engineers and superintending engineers were given responsibility of verification of 20 roads in all 75 districts.
  • During verification, works executed under the plan on 55 roads in 18 district were found below standard.
  • On December 30, chief minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his annoyance over the laxity shown by officials in carrying out government orders, especially on making all roads pot-hole free.
  • Yogi had set March 31 deadline for restoration of all roads in the state and took to social media to warn officers of stern action if the deadline was not met.

Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who heads the PWD department, said three executive engineers, six assistant engineers and three additional engineers were suspended for poor performance in achieving the target set by the state government.

Maurya said a departmental probe had been ordered against four superintendent engineers, 13 executive engineers and 16 additional engineers. Under pothole free roads plan, chief engineers and superintending engineers were given responsibility of verification of 20 roads in all 75 districts. During verification, works executed under the plan on 55 roads in 18 district were found below standard.

On December 30, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had openly expressed his annoyance over the laxity shown by officials in carrying out government orders, especially on making all roads pot-hole free. Yogi had set March 31 deadline for restoration of all roads in the state and took to social media to warn officers of stern action if the deadline was not met.

In a series of tweets from the Government of UP handle, Yogi said there would be no compromise on the quality of work. Yogi’s tweets, however, were seen as a sign of his dissatisfaction with the PWD department headed by his deputy Maurya.

The UP CM had posted 11 tweets and in one of them lamented “ab bhi bahut si shikayatein aa rahi hain” (Many complaints are still pouring in). During review meetings, Yogi had expressed his displeasure with the functioning of over a dozen departments, but in his tweets he had focused only on the PWD department.

First Published: Jan 11, 2018 14:59 IST