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Roads to have signboard with names of contractors, EE: Patton

Roads to have signboard with names of contractors, EE: Patton
Y. Patton (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/3/2019 10:33:38 AM IST

To improve the quality of workmanship, the deputy chief minister Y Patton, who is also in-charge of home and road & bridges, Tuesday announced that signboard with the name of the contractor and executive engineer would be erected at the construction site.

In this regard, deputy chief minister has directed the commissioner secretary to bring out government notification soon. 

Patton announced this during his maiden meeting with the engineers of NPWD after taking over the charge at NPWD conference hall here Tuesday.

On complaints about the absence of PWD officers, Patton asked all the officers to be at their posting place on regular basis. He also informed the additional chief engineer of zones and the superintending engineers of circles to involve themselves for inspection and report the progress of works accordingly.

Further, Patton asked the site engineers to ensure that particular scheme or project should be completed as per the specification within the stipulated time unless there was an issue or valid reasons.

Taking cognizance of the price escalation tradition in the state, Patton said there were certain cases where the works were intentionally delayed for price escalation for the benefit of the contractors, adding that said such trend must be stopped.

Dy CM also asked the engineers and SDOs for regular inspection of projects especially the major ones. He affirmed that no advance measurement should be allowed before the execution of works. Patton called for timely submission of progress reports to the head office and timely submission of Utilization Certificate for smooth flow of the fund. He said that proper correspondence between HoDs and the divisions should be maintained to avoid any litigation in future.

Deputy chief minister also discouraged deviation/diversion of works from the original work order/DPR unless there were justified reasons. He asserted there were some instances where works were diverted from the original work order in connivance with the engineers, which he said should be absolutely restricted.

Meanwhile, the Dy CM also sought to know the position of the fund of Rs. 500 cr which he and chief minister had submitted to the central ministry for road maintenance of the districts.

Assuring to extend all possible help and solve the issues pointed out by the chief engineer, Patton requested the engineers to cooperate and work with the government. Patton said he would also convene a meeting with the engineers along with the contractors soon.

Also, speaking at the meeting, commissioner secretary works and housing Rovilatuo Mor asked the engineers to own responsibility while discharging duties. 

Mor also reminded of the litigations in the department, which he said was because of sheer carelessness and negligence of the officers. He appealed to officers to perform duties satisfactorily.

Mor also urged the officers dealing with centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) to carry out the activities diligently and efficiently.

Chief Engineer (R&B) Limanaro highlighted the issues being faced by the department, which hampered the department officials to execute their work on time and efficiently.


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