World Bank team apprises Badal of road sector project progress

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Chandigarh, Oct 23 (UNI) A three-member team of World Bank led by Task Team Leader and Senior Financial Specialist Isable Chatterton met Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to apprise him about the progress of Punjab State Road Sector Project.

Ms Chatterton, who met Mr Badal late last evening at his residence said that the Mission had undertaken a three-week extensive tour of the state to oversee the project to assess the ground realities.

She said that project's overall development objective was to improve operating conditions of state roads for road users, in a sustainable way, thus helping to provide the business enabling environment necessary to support Punjab's economic development strategy.

She mentioned that progress in achieving the development objective was rated as satisfactory since all 19 Phase-I civil works contracts have been awarded amounting to Rs 690.31 crore and mobilisation/construction has commenced at all sites.

She also stated the 10 periodic maintenance contracts were about 90 per cent complete. She also appreciated the Punjab government for initiating the process of consensus building around the proposed institutional development strategy for the road sector project.

Ms Chatterton introduced Senior Transport Specialist Mitsuyoshi Asada to the Chief Minister and informed that he would now be the new team leader in her place to execute the prestigious WB-aided road sector project as she has been given a new assignment by the WB.

Mr Badal asked the team to suggest ways and means to improve the link roads in the state as Punjab was the only state in the country with 100 per cent link roads network in the rural sector.

Mr Badal also urged the visiting team to send a deputation of its technical experts on road management to interact with the engineers of the state PWD (B&R) department with regard to the latest technology in this field.

UNI

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