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Zero tolerance on potholed roads: PWD Minister

By Correspondent

SILCHAR, June 5 - Making his intension clear, the new PWD Minister, Parimal Suklabaidya, said that his Government will adopt �zero tolerance policy� for the potholed roads of the State, particularly for the dilapidated roads of Barak Valley.

On the sidelines of courtesy meeting with Cachar Deputy Commissioner S Vishwanthan and SP Rajveer Singh at the Circuit House here on Saturday, Suklabaidya said that he will not tolerate the sloppy work by the officials, engineers as well as the contractors who perennially bagged contracts, and got away without being penalised for below-par work at a much delayed period and so on � only to bag the contracts again.

�Gone are the days for the contractors who skipped work but enjoyed shares of the allotted fund with excuses of rainfall. No money would be sanctioned for the days affected by rain,� the Minister said. He also hinted that proper steps would be taken against those officials and contractors who allegedly delayed work consuming huge sum of money during the Congress Government.

He added that he will sit with the officials and engineers of his department who have accompanied him in his trip to discuss and adopt plans to improve the condition of the roads. Suklabaidya underscored the fact that at a time when expectations from him as well as his Government is rising almost every day, as a Minister of the PWD, he is confronted with an uphill task of overcoming a deficit of Rs 1,039 crore.

�I have asked reports on each road for which I shall sit with the officials for review,� he said.

The Minister also mentioned about the 100 days programme to review the road condition which will include talks with the commissioners and chief engineers to detect the factors which deter the improvement of the roads. �The chief engineers and officials of the departments shall take stock of the affected portion of the road stretch at Katakhal and also of the Badarpur-Churaibari road following which I shall meet with them for discussion,� Suklabaidya said.

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