Zero Tolerance Policy To Corruption Reiterated

SRINAGAR — Authorities on Mon­day stressed on officials to uphold the zero tolerance pol­icy to corruption and asked for maintaining transparency in the execution of works.

Advisor to Governor, Khur­shid Ahmad Ganai, said this while reviewing the implemen­tation of developmental proj­ects under Roads and Buildings and Prime Minister’s Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

Stating that the account­ability and transparency holds key to development, Ganai said the government will have zero tolerance for misreporting by officials with regards to the “quality and quantity of vari­ous projects.”

During the meeting, the Ad­visor was apprised about vari­ous connectivity projects that will be taken up in the state by the Works Department includ­ing macdamisation of old roads as well as construction of new roads and bridges during this financial year. The meeting was informed that 1812 Kms have been black topped, 498 Kms metalled, 435 shingled and 777 Kms fair weather road done during the current fiscal so far under different schemes including PMGSY. Advisor di­rected the officials to mobilize men and machinery to achieve the target of blacktopping of remaining road length in the state till the end of 2018.

The meeting was informed that 82 bridges will be com­pleted by the end of this fiscal under languishing projects while 83 bridges will be completed by March 2020. It was given out that an amount of Rs 872.02 crore have been spend by the end of September 2018 on dif­ferent projects out of the total approved Capex budget of Rs 1583 crore. Giving the breakup of the budget, the meeting was informed that Rs 261.23 have been spend on regular schemes, 96.55 under CRF, 437.43 Cr un­der PMGSY, Rs 52.50 cr on Ring Roads in Kashmir and Jammu re­spectively. Officials informed the Advisor that 322 Kms of road has been constructed to connect 53 habitations under 45 different schemes at the cost of Rs 130.22 Cr in PMGSY Phase I-IX till date.

In Phase-X of PMGSY, 468 Kms have been constructed at the cost of Rs 298.86 crores under 52 different schemes connecting 83 habitations of the state while under Phase XI and XII, 87 Kms have been con­structed and Rs 22.62 Cr have been spent so far.

He directed the concerned officers to ensure time bound completion of the projects and asked them to submit the sta­tus report of each work to his office regularly. The meeting also discussed the proposed projects worth Rs 42668 crore under Prime Minister’s De­velopment Package for the re-construction of Flood Damaged Infrastructure in the state.

The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Public Works, Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Chief Engineer (R&B) Jammu Sudheer Shah, Chief Engineer Projects ORG DK Khanna, Chief Engineer MED, Raina, Chief Engineer PMGSY Jammu SP Manhas, Chief Engineer PMG­SY (Kashmir) Ghulam Jeelani, MD JKPCC Vakar M Shonthu, Regional Officer NHAI Jammu, Hemraj, SEs from Leh and Kar­gil and other senior officers of the department attended the meeting.

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