GUWAHATI, March 25 � Expressing concern over poor progress as well as quality of roads constructed by the Public Works Department (PWD) in the State, Assembly Speaker Pranab Gogoi today said that he would institute a House Committee to look into the anomalies and find a solution.
Making his observation during a discussion on roads following a question by Gopinath Das (AIUDF), the Speaker said that it was becoming a common practice for road work projects either to miss deadlines or to be completed in a lopsided manner in scant disregard to quality control.
�There are instances when work does not at all start for years. Tendering at very low bids also affects performance. Blacklisting alone will not be the solution. I will institute a House Committee to get to the roots of all this. What can we expect from the PWD in such a situation?� he said.
PWD Minister Ajanta Neog, in her reply, said that the department was adhering to CVC guidelines besides endeavouring to streamline the system. �We have also introduced e-tendering for the purpose,� she added.
Replying to another question from Dilip Moran (BJP), the Minister said that the State witnessed black-topping of 957.96 km and 742.85 km of roads under the Prime Minister�s Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) during 2013-14 and 2014-15 (till February 28) respectively.
Gul Akhtara Begum (AIUDF) alleged that Dhubri district was given no importance under the PMGSY, and that a meagre 11 km and 6.8 km of roads in the district were blacktopped under the PMGSY in the last two financial years.