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PWD, contractors deliberate on quality roads
Published on 30 Jan. 2009 12:57 AM IST
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The first coordination meet between officials of state PWD National Highways (NH) and contractors was held January 20 at PWD chief engineer office, Kohima to review the completed and on going works on NH-61 and NH-155 respectively. Speaking at the first coordination meeting, PWD (NH), chief engineer, Dr. Er. Vikuotuolie Angami expressed gratitude to state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and state minister for road and bridges, G Kaito Aye for creating separate chief engineer PWD to deal with National Highway work in the state, adding it was a long felt desire and dream of engineering association. PWD (NH) chief engineer highlighting the nature of work to the officials and the contractors present at the meet requested them to put more sincerity, devotion and hard work for timely completion of projects with quality control, a department release stated. Stressing on quality assets, durability and stability of the road, he asserted that it should be maintained at any cost and that for maintaining accountability and transparency all contractors should maintain “Site Order Book, Display Sign Board and Bar-Chart” at project sites. He also urged them to strictly adhere to specification and not to compromise with quality work at any point while executing work. PWD (NH) chief engineer also asserted that there should be a sense of competition among various contractors, adding best firm/contractors would be recommended to the government for award whose project was completed within stipulated time and satisfies all responsible officials. During the meeting contractors also expressed their difficulties in their respective work place/site where they had to undergo so many problems which sometimes require the assistance of district administration and the department to solve various land and landowner problems. In this regard the contractors appealed department officers to visit the site and resolve their grievances, the release asserted. Responding to their appeal, chief engineer said since the government had issued transfer and posting orders of various officers recently, smooth functioning of the department was expected in due course of time and further assured that department would look into their problems by respective circles and division, and that it would be brought to department’s notice for taking necessary action. Meanwhile, the meet has appealed public and various organisations to extend cooperation with the department and contractors for timely completion of projects, since NH-61 and NH-155 would serve as lifeline for the people of the state in future, the release added.

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