Centre asks states to achieve Bharat Nirman targets by 2009

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh has asked all the States/UTs to ensure that 'Bharat Nirman' targets affixed for them. are achieved by 2009.

Presiding over a meeting of the Secretaries of Rural Development Departments for review of the rural roads, which is component of the Bharat Nirman, convened recently, Dr Singh asked them to accelerate the pace of implementation for ensuring maximum achievement of targets of under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) component of Bharat Nirman.

On the quality front, all States have been directed to ensure that for every work site, laboratory is established by the contractors to ensure first tier check. States have been asked to employ retired, reputed engineers as State Quality Monitors for second quality monitoring. About 150 National Quality Monitors have also been inducted for the random check of the quality of roads.

The Minister have asked all the States to see that quality is maintained and the wrong-doers were acted upon. Emphasis has also been laid on the maintenance of roads. He also instructed the Secretaries of States/UTs, Rural Development Departments to submit Detailed Project Reports(DPRs) of all these habitations by December 2008 positively.

State-wise target dates have also been fixed.

The Ministry has sanctioned 3.25 lakh km roads so far, out of which 1.75 lakh km roads have been constructed and about 1.5 lakh km road works are in progress.

The Centre has also identified 13 States which are lagging behind the schedule under the PMGSY.

They are Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Assam, Orissa, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh. In all these States, the performance till now is a cause for concern for the Centre, as they were lagging behind in submission of the DPRs of the roads required to be built for ensuring achievement of Bharat Nirman targets.

All the villages of 1000+ population (500+ population in case of hilly&tribal areas) were required to be provide all weather connectivity by the year 2009. Jammu and Kashmir have to submit proposals for about 600 habitations, Jharkhand, about 1000 habitations, Manipur, 55 habitations, Meghalaya, 39 habitations, Mizoram, 45 habitations, Tamil Nadu, 15 habitations, Uttarakhand, 376 habitations, Assam, 1100 habitations, Orissa, 1400 habitations, Bihar, over 3000 habitations, West Bengal, over 3000 habitations.

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