JAMMU:  Minister for R&B, Gardens, Parks and Floriculture, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday reviewed the progress of the ongoing projects started in R&B sector in Jammu division at an officers meeting here.

Minister of State for R&B and Revenue, Sunil Kumar Sharma, Commissioner Secretary R&B, Tanvir Jehan, Development Commissioner Works, Bimal Tickoo, MD, JKPCC, Chief Engineers , Superintending  Engineers and Executive Engineers of R&B, PMGSY, Mughal Roads, Mechanical  Engineering Department, Design Directorate  were present on the occasion.

The minister said that accountability would be made more effective at all the levels of administration so that careless incumbents could be identified and punished.

“All top officials should in respect of the wings under their control, personally monitor the works on ground and ensure that works are going as per the approved engineering specifications” he stressed.

“It is a matter of concern that durability of roads is decreasing” said the Minister and asked authorities to look into this issue from the engineering perspective.

Sunil Kumar Sharma said government will take steps to connect all inaccessible areas through a proper road network. He said the districts having less connectivity should be given priority while framing new road projects particularly in PMGSY. He said erstwhile district Doda is lagging behind in road connectivity and asked engineers to keep this fact into account while formulating new projects.

The meeting was informed that Rs. 443 cr have been sanctioned for constructing 281 bridges while the department has expended Rs 147 crore on this account so far.

It was given out that 58 schemes out of 93 approved under the RIDF- 12th, stands completed while 26 schemes, out of 108 sanctioned under RIDF-13th have been completed in Jammu division so far.

Regarding inter-State projects, the meeting was told that 98 per cent of Badherwa-Chamba road has been completed at a cost of Rs. 73 crore. An amount of Rs. 605 crore have been sanctioned for construction of Singhpora-Vailoo tunnel providing alternate route to Jammu-Srinagar NH while Batote-Kishtwar-Sinthantop road has been declared a National Highway and handed over to State Government for further maintenance.