Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh’s roads have been made better in the last 15 years. Roads have been extended to villages.
Now the officials should ensure that these roads are maintained regularly and necessary repairs etc. should be done from time to time, so that the roads are not spoiled. He said that these works should be finished before June 15, 2020.
The Chief Minister was reviewing the condition of roads in the state. Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Additional Chief Secretary Manoj Shrivastava and officers of the concerned departments were present.
The Chief Minister directed that as soon as the lockdown opens in the state, the work of repair and maintenance of roads should be started.
For this, tenders and other formalities should be completed in advance, so that the maintenance work can be started immediately.
The Public Works Department informed that 5954 km of roads have been damaged in the state, out of which 4805 km have been repaired.
The department has demanded Rs 80 crore for the maintenance of the remaining roads. Out of this, Rs 29 crore have been received. The work is currently stopped due to lockdown. But the work will be started as soon as the lock down opens. It was told that there will be no labour problem in the work because the department has a working team of 20,000 people for the work.
The Chief Minister assured that there will be no shortage of funds for maintenance work.Additional Chief Secretary Manoj Shrivastava informed that the work of 125 bridges has to be completed before the rainy season.
After this 265 bridges will remain, which will be completed after the monsoon. Similarly, roads are to be built in 1620 villages under Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana. He informed that tenders have been issued for maintenance of 665 rural roads.