Ranchi: State Rural Development Minister Neelkanth Singh Munda today announced that pucca roads will be constructed in every village in the state by the year 2019 under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
He said that in the last two and a half year, rural roads with a total length of 16,000 kilometre were built under the said scheme. By the end of the current fiscal year, 6000 kilometre of roads will be constructed, he said.
Munda made the announcement before scribes in his chamber at Project Building. Earlier, he launched the website of state Panchayati Raj department. He said the state government was making dedicated efforts to link villages to main roads. Earlier, there were 25 divisions in the road construction department that have been increased to 47 now, he said.
“Rural road construction department has prepared the detailed project report (DPR) for a length of 8600 kilometre of roads. The Central government has given its approval for the construction of roads up to 2500 kilometre,” the Minister said.
Speaking about the quality of road construction work, the Minister said the state government was not going to compromise with the quality of road construction come what may.
He said the engineers will have to make field visits and inform the government with updated reports. He said the government had debarred 132 contractors and black-listed 10 contractors who have not completed work under the PMGSY. The contracts on 209 road projects have been scrapped and 19 such projects have been re-awarded.
Munda said that 56 bridges were going to be constructed this financial year.
The Minister said that his department had set up 10 flying squads to ensure that quality is maintained in the construction of roads.
These teams will keep an eye on the quality of work being carried out across the state. He said that the deposit amount of the contractor was forfeited in Palamu after three bridges had collapsed in the rains. Action has been taken against the engineer and the contractor.
He further said that contractors facing difficulties in Naxalite-hit areas will be provided assistance by the district administration.
The Secretary of the Rural Affairs Department Arun Kumar was also present on the occasion.