The Rural Develop Department should execute at least 200 small bridges annually, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here on Thursday.

Reviewing the programme of construction of bridges, Mr. Patnaik emphasised on completion of projects as per schedule and directed officials to complete 600 bridges in the next three years.

At present, as many as 430 bridges under the Rural Development Department are under construction in the State. The department has taken up construction of 1,000 small bridges.

Similarly, construction of bridges at an estimated cost of Rs.10 crore by the Works Department also figured in the discussion.

The Works Department is currently undertaking 45 big projects.

The bridge projects are funded by the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Revised Long Term Action Plan.

Regular monitoring

The review meeting was informed that 30 of 45 bridges were under construction and eight bridges were scheduled to be completed in the 2013-14 financial year. The Chief Minister emphasised on regular monitoring of construction of bridges and asked officials to prepare monthly work plan for effective implementation of the projects.

Rural Develop Department should execute at least 200 small bridges annually, he says