Govt to contract consultant for upgradation of road infrastructure

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Chandigarh, Sep 23 (UNI) The Punjab Government will soon engage the services of Opus International Consultants Ltd, New Zealand (OPUS) to devise a strategy for implementation of Output and Performance based Road Contracts (OPRC) to improve, maintain and manage a portion of road network of about 650 km in the southern districts of the state through the Punjab Roads and Bridges Development Board (PRBDB).

An assurance to this effect was given by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to the Technical Director Tony Porter who called on the former at his residence here today.

Under the OPUS contract, the contractor was responsible for upgradation, renewal and maintenance of the road network and payments would be made primarily on measured "outputs". Typically, OPRC contracts run for period of 5-10 years.

While briefing the Chief Minister, PWD (B&R) Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said that the civil works under Phase II of the Rs 1500 crore World Bank funded Punjab State Road Sector Project (PSRSP) would be now based on the output of these services likely to be commenced by mid of 2009.

The Chief Minister emphasised the need to abide by the parameters of strict quality control, regular supervision and maintenance after the completion of road projects. He asked the team leader of OPUS, Mr Robert Fergerstrom, to undertake an extensive tour of Punjab to have first hand information about the existing road condition and suggest measures to improve upon it.


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