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HP to form squads to ensure quality infra projects

| | Shimla | in Chandigarh

Himachal Government would ensure quality in construction of roads, bridges and other Government buildings in the State by evolving a mechanism for third party inspection by establishing an independent quality check squad in the Chief Minister Office.

Presiding over a meeting regarding implementation of GST and its impact in the Public Works Department on the works contract here,Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the State Government would take serious note of any delay in completion of projects or compromising quality. "The Government would not hesitate in taking action against the erring contractors or executing agencies," he added.

Thakur said that the Government was also contemplating to start a scheme to provide incentives to the executing agencies completing the projects ahead of stipulated time period. "This would not only bring competitiveness amongst the contractors but also help in checking  cost escalation in the projects," he said, adding that automation of Public Works Department would be taken in a big way so that maximum use of information technology could be ensured for monitoring progress in ongoing projects.

The Chief Minister said that for ensuring quality construction material and also providing relief to the contractors, the government has decided that  except cement, the material approved would be arranged themselves by the contractors by the market and if any material required by the contractors, the same would be issued on proportionate market rates to be derived on the basis of agreement rates and no input tax credits etc. would be given to the contractors on the said material issued from the store.

Thakur directed the officers to identify spots where frequent landslides take place especially in rainy season. Adequate men and machinery should be deployed there so that in case of landslides the commuters do not face any inconvenience.

Additional Chief Secretary, PWD Manisha Nanda said the department would ensure best coordination with the executing agencies so that all the projects being executed in the State could be completed within stipulated time period.




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