Comm Secy R&B reviews functioning of deptt

Excelsior Correspondent
LEH, Aug 18: Commissioner Secretary Public Works (R&B) Department, Khurshid Ahmad Shah, today chaired a meeting to review the functioning of the department.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Leh, Avny Lavasa, SE PWD Leh, SK Pandita, SE PWD Kargil, Sarwar Singh, SE PMGSY Kargil & Leh, Nisar Kacho, besides senior officials of the concerned departments.
During the meeting, the Commissioner Secretary took a detailed assessment of the physical and financial progress on various projects taken under NABARD, Central Road Fund (CRF) and other schemes in the district. The meeting was informed that 49 works under NABARD were approved out of which 27 projects were completed, 11 did not get funds and work is in progress on rest of the 11 projects.
It was further informed that important facts of single tenders, short working season and delay in release of funds are some of the main reasons for delay in completion of work. It was further informed that 16 bridges out of the approved 24 bridges were completed, 3 out of 8 will be completed soon and the remaining will be completed on receiving of funds.
The Commissioner Secretary reprimanded the officials for delay in work due to unavoidable reasons. He directed the concerned officers and officials to strictly adhere to the specifications and complete the ongoing projects within stipulated time frame.
While taking note of prevailing false tradition of dependency on non-local labourers on large scale, the Commissioner Secretary suggested for counseling for imparting training to locals in different aspects of public works so that dry works can be completed on time.
He further said that the Governor had made an announcement for reward to those engineers and contractors who would complete their work before time, with cost saving, and have the best quality in their work. Shah suggested them to escape from undertaking any work without proper authorization, seriously attend to every letter and respond, and work without any compromise.
During the meeting, the Commissioner Secretary was apprised of some issues to which he gave directions to DC Lavasa to intervene.
Earlier, the Commissioner Secretary inspected various ongoing projects being executed by PWD including Spituk-Choglamsar road, Choglamsar- Hemis road, Martselang road and others.