Chandigarh October 22: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has directed the concerned departments to fast track the repair work of roads that got damaged especially during the rainy season to make the roads pothole free and said that the State roads as has heavy movement of vehicles should be widened to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

Mr Manohar Lal was presiding over a meeting regarding the repair of roads here today. He also directed to take up the matter with National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on priority basis for carrying out the repair or patchwork on those National Highways falling in the State which were damaged especially during the rainy season.

The Departments of Public Works (Building and Roads), Haryana State Agricultural and Marketing Board (HSAMB), Haryana Shehari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), Urban Local Bodies and Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) are involved in the construction of roads in the State.

While reviewing the condition of roads, the Chief Minister directed that a proposal be mooted for the transfer of all six karam roads of 3000 kms of HSAMB to Public Works (Building and Roads) Department for repair. The transfer of these roads to PWD (B&R) would further enhance the durability of these roads, which constitutes about 23.8 per cent total roads of HSAMB. The HSAMB has total 13021 kilometers roads in the State. He also directed to constitute a dedicated team comprising three officers at divisional level. The team would work under the direct supervision of respective Divisional Commissioner and carry out regular inspection of all the 13021 kilometer end to end roads of HSAMB and also submit report in this regard.

The Chief Minister also asked all the executing agencies to develop atleast one or two roads as a model road in terms of beautification and cleanliness. He suggested that the sidelining on seven meter wide roads should be done in yellow colour to add beauty to the existing roads. He said that the bushes alongside the roads should be cut and tall trees be trimmed.

It was informed that out of the 24,000 kilometer roads of PWD(B&R), the 2690 kilometers long affected roads would be made pothole free by November 1, 2018. The Chief Engineers of the Department have been asked to visit the site to ensure the early completion of work.

It was informed that HSAMB has total 13021 kms roads in the State out which the patchwork on 7642 kms long road is in progress at a cost of Rs 10 crore . The work is likely to be completed by the end of November this year. Similarly, the work for the strengthening of 1480 kms long roads is also being carried out at a fast pace and it would be completed by March 31, 2019. Apart from this, tender has been allotted for the special repair of 451 kms roads. In addition, the repair of 3448 kms roads would be got conducted under the defect liability period. It was also informed that on the direction of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal the thickness of roads of HSAMB has been increased to 100 mm to enhance the durability of roads.

It was also informed that out of the 2400 kms road of HSVP, special repair of 200 kms road has been completed. A budget provision of Rs 71 crore has been earmarked for this purpose during the current financial year out of which Rs 22 crore has already been spent. The repair of 800 kms roads is in the pipeline and 60 per cent of this work would be got completed by December 2018. The remaining work is likely to be completed by March 31, 2019. It was informed that 32 Municipalities out of the total 80 Urban Local Bodies have sent their estimates for the repair of roads.

It was informed that the HSIIDC has total 700 kms road in the State. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) has been prepared for providing adequate infrastructure facilities like roads, drinking water supply and drainage in Dharuhera. The HSVP transferred Dharuhera to HSIIDC last year only.

It was also informed that workforce has been increased to timely redress the complaints received on HARPATH App, the mobile application which enables the people to upload the pictures of damaged roads and seek action. It was informed that out the total complaints received on the app, 90 per cent has been attended.

Among those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mr D.S Dhesi, Additional Chief Secretary PW(B&R) Mr Alok Nigam, Principal Secretary Urban Local Bodies Mr Anand Mohan Sharan, Chief Administrator HSVP Mr J. Ganeshan and other senior officers of the State Government.