Himachal Chief Secretary BK Agarwal on Tuesday held a meeting on the pathetic condition of all National Highways entrusted to NHAI with Secretary Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Government of India Sanjeev Ranjan, at New Delhi.
He said NHAI is not maintaining properly and regularly the entrusted 774 Kms National Highways mainly due to paucity of field staff and labour required for routine maintenance in hilly terrains of the State and these are not worth traffic and safe. He said due to this State Government is facing wrath of public and embarrassing situation before the public.
He said the State Government have suggested that the maintenance activities of these may be entrusted to NH wing of the State Public Work Department adding that the State PWD has adequate field manpower and infrastructure for carrying out routine maintenance.
Agarwal appraised Sanjeev Ranjan that the work of 4-laning of Kiratpur-Nerchowk projects (84.38 Km) has been abandoned by the concessionaire since June, 2018. He said this national highway is the lifeline of the State leading to tourist destinations of Kullu and Manali. He said that NHAI is required to expedite the re-start of the work on this project so that early completion of the balance work which was started in year 2012, can be ensured without any delay.
The Secretary assured that actions on these roads will be taken on priority and also assured the work in these roads will be started at the earliest.