Special Correspondent

Panel to purchase latest equipment to test quality of material used to lay roads

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Government has decided to reactivate its Roads and Bridges Corporation by appointing a full-time Managing Director and spend about Rs.1,058 crores on development of roads, bridges and buildings during this financial year as against the allocation of Rs.695 crores last financial year.

These decisions were taken in a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to review the functioning of the Public Works

(Building and Roads) Department.

He directed that the works, once taken in hand, should be completed on priority thereby avoiding piling up of unfinished works which resulted in escalating costs. He directed the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary Public Works (Building and Roads) Department, Dharamvir, to ensure that senior officers visited sites of developmental works. He should also submit a progress report of various ongoing works to the PWD Minister, Venod Sharma, fortnightly.

On Mr. Sharma's suggestion, it was decided to constitute a committee to purchase latest equipment to test quality of material used to lay roads. He also suggested that at least five mobile units be set up by equipping vehicles with latest testing gadgets. He also stressed the need for strengthening the laboratories and getting accounts of the Department audited by an outside agency. Giving details, Mr. Dharamvir said that over Rs. 743 crores were spent on construction of roads, bridges and buildings thereby showing 107 per cent utilisation of funds.

He said in case of National Highway No.1, six laning from 44.30 km to 86 km had been allotted by the National Highway Authority of India and work for six laning had already started from 86 km. to 96 km. which would include an elevated highway of 3.408 km at Panipat. Also, work was in progress for four laning from Ambala to Zirakpur and this included elevated portion of 1.265 km at Baldev Nagar in Ambala City. Bids had also been invited for four laning of National Highway 22 from Zirakpur to Parwanoo, he added.

It was decided to speed up the work of construction of an elevated highway at Badarpur by taking up the issue with the Delhi Government. The four laning from Delhi border to Rohtak with by-passes at Bahadurgarh and Rohtak had been approved for which bids had been invited.