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Posted at: Sep 15, 2018, 1:14 AM; last updated: Sep 15, 2018, 1:14 AM (IST)

Ensure prompt repair of roads: CM

Ensure prompt repair of  roads: CM
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur presides over a meeting about repair, maintenance and restoration of state roads and highways.

Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 14

Ensure prompt and quality repair and maintenance of all roads damaged due to excessive rains and landslides during this rainy season. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said this to the executing agencies while presiding over the review meeting regarding repair, maintenance and restoration of rain damages on the National Highways here on Friday.

He said that steps should be taken to stabilize slopes by adopting new technology like rock bolting and asked the agencies to ensure that adequate men and machinery were deployed at landslide-prone areas so that road could be cleared at the earliest in case of any landslide.

The Chief Minister directed the agencies to take immediate steps to remove loose soil and boulders from the National Highway to ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic and said pothole-free roads were the priority of the government hassle-free commuting.

Thakur said a long-term strategy should be framed to ensure that heavy rains cause minimum damages to the roads by ensuring proper drainage and cross drainage facility. He added that retaining walls, breast walls and pavements should be built by maintaining high quality standards.

He asked the officers to ensure filling of potholes and emergency repair of National Highways. Action taken report be submitted to his office within 10 days.

While reviewing the progress related to new national highways approved by the Government of India, it was informed in the meeting that out of 70 new National Highways, letter of acceptance for preparation of DPRs regarding 58 National Highways with total length of over 3,650 kilometers has been issued.

Additional Chief Secretary, PWD Manisha Nanda said that as many as 923 roads were damaged due to landslides out of which 915 roads had been opened for traffic.

Fourlaning slow pace irks Chief Minister

Expressing displeasure over the slow pace of work on Kiratpur-Manali fourlaning, Thakur directed the executing agencies to expedite work on this fourlane and also ensure permanent restoration work by carrying out construction of gabion walls and culverts to drain out the executive water of the catchment areas.

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