Once government orders are issued, the onus on maintenance will rest with the GHMC and not the Roads and Buildings Department

The GHMC will gain control of the city’s stretches from the Roads & Buildings (R&B) Department, thus putting the onus of road maintenance on itself.

The government would soon issue orders to this effect, GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar said on Tuesday, adding that a separate division would be carved out within the civic body for the purpose.

At a review meeting, the Commissioner, along with GHMC Special Commissioner Navin Mittal, discussed the maintenance and prospects of taking up road repairs in a phased manner to achieve targets.

He directed officials of various departments to come up with a holistic plan to develop a road length, addressing issues such as sanitation, debris removal, construction of table drains, camber correction, footpaths, patch works and greenery. They were also directed to prepare work proposals for holistic development of 40 kms of road in each circle in the next 10 days time, a press note said. Mr. Somesh Kumar also said the GHMC was planning specific changes in road maintenance policy by calling tenders for lump sum contract of annual maintenance of roads after completion of defect liability period of the contractor.

Seeks NDMA aid

Meanwhile, the GHMC has sought the help of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to set up a crash team to attend to emergency works such as sinking of roads, dug-up roads and patch works.

Mr. Somesh Kumar requested NDMA Vice-Chairman M. Shashidhar Reddy for technical support to further strengthen the early warning system. GHMC is also planning to create an emergency room to ferret out information and details on weather conditions.

The Commissioner said the desilting of ‘nalas’ – storm water drains would be completed by March 2014 before onset of monsoon and all bottlenecks along with the nalas would be cleared on top priority.

Mr. Reddy has requested the municipal corporation been asked to identify suitable accommodation for housing a 45 member unit of National Disaster Response to be ready and available for handling emergent situations, at a review meeting on Tuesday.

Mr. Reddy asked Mr. Somesh Kumar to depute one Additional Commissioner to look after the disaster management services.

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