Don’t compromise on quality of work: Altaf Bukhari to engineers

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 7: Minister for R&B, Gardens, Parks and Floriculture, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today reviewed the progress of the ongoing projects started in R&B sector in Jammu division at an officers meeting here.
Minister of State for R&B and Revenue, Sunil Kumar Sharma, Commissioner Secretary R&B, Tanvir Jehan, Development Commissioner Works, Bimal Tickoo, MD, JKPCC, Chief Engineers , Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers of R&B, PMGSY, Mughal Roads, Mechanical Engineering Department, Design Directorate were present on the occasion.
Emphasising on ensuring usage of standard material in all the works, Altaf Bukhari said that there should be no compromise on quality of work. He said the department has huge and important responsibility and asked engineers to improve their working to ensure visible change on ground. He said timely completion of projects and using standard material should be benchmark of the department.
R&B Minister said that accountability would be made more effective at all the levels of administration so that careless incumbents could be identified and punished. ” All top officials should in respect of the wings under their control, personally monitor the works on ground and ensure that works are going as per the approved engineering specifications”, he stressed.
“It is a matter of concern that durability of roads is decreasing”, said the Minister and asked authorities to look into this issue from the engineering perspective. He said that construction of drainage facilities alongside roads besides using the right mix will ensure greater durability of the road.
Sunil Kumar Sharma while speaking on the occasion said Government will take steps to connect all unconnected and inaccessible habitation through a proper road network. He said the districts having less connectivity should be given priority while framing new road projects particularly in PMGSY. He said erstwhile district Doda is lagging behind in road connectivity and asked engineers to keep this fact into account while formulating new projects.
Regarding inter-State projects, the meeting was told that 98 per cent of Bhaderwah-Chamba road has been completed at a cost of Rs. 73 crore. An amount of Rs. 605 crore has been sanctioned for construction of Singhpora-Vailoo tunnel providing alternate route to Jammu-Srinagar NH while Batote-Kishtwar-Sinthantop road has been declared a National Highway and handed over to State Government for further maintenance.
While reviewing the performance of JKPCC, the Minister asked MD to keep on hold all the orders being implemented without approval of the Board. It was given out that work is apace on 266 schemes in Kashmir division and 146 schemes in Jammu division.

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