GUWAHATI, Jan 5 - The State Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to put all its projects on a fast-track mode, besides laying special emphasis on preparing Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) on time and bringing transparency in the department proceedings.
The State PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya told newsmen today that setting accountability for every project would be the key.
�It is through construction of proper roads that the overall development of the State could be ensured. Roads are the lifeline of the people and therefore we are fast-tracking all projects of the department,� the Minister said.
Expressing displeasure on the inordinate delay in preparing DPRs in the past, resulting in escalation of project costs, the Minister said the officials are being instructed to be time-compliant.
He informed that the previous Congress government had not prepared or submitted DPRs for Rs 400 crore worth of Central Roads Fund (CRF).
�After the BJP-led government took over in May last year, the CRF allocation was increased to Rs 800 crore and DPRs for works worth Rs 900 crore were prepared and submitted to the Central government,� he said.
Suklabaidya further said, �Online e-portal has been developed for computerised business process which includes contractor registration, estimate submission, project monitoring, billing system and employee information.�
Suklabaidya further said the Assam PWD Code, 1954, was being updated and the revised code will be released this month.
On the works completed by the PWD under the new government, he said that 502 kilometres of new roads have been completed, 600 km repaired, 106 RCC bridge completed and 40 wooden bridges repaired and Rs 2 crore released to every MLA for undertaking immediate repairing in their respective constituencies.
Under Mukhya Mantri Path Nirman aru Punar-nirman Yojana, MLAs have been asked for proposals of Rs 5 crore for their respective constituencies, with a target to complete work worth Rs 2000 crore by December 2018, he said, adding that all habitation with population of more than 250 will be connected with pucca road by constructing 12,000 km of road within three years.