The half made cement roads all across the city are one of the most annoying things in Nagpur. But looks like things might speed up soon as the state government has granted a Rs 60 crore aid to NMC.
This special fund is being granted to the civic body to speed up the process.
While NMC is strapped for cash and has dues worth Rs 200 crores to clear, the urban development department has specifically directed the civic body to use the funds only for the completion of cement roads.
The state government has also guidelines to ensure the proper utilization of these funds. The Collector’s office has to make sure that the funds are used for the sanctioned purposes only, with administrative approval and work orders issued after completion of e-tender process.
Another thing that the civic body needs to ensure is that once the cement roads are made, they should not be dug-up for any purpose. So, all the pipeline work or electric cable work must be done before the roads are concretised. Finally, someone realised that!
Currently, the work to convert tar roads to cement roads is moving very slowly because of non-payment to contractors.
“Of the 89 roads covering 81.68km under phase-I and phase-II, the civic body could complete only 22.73% work,” said a senior official from NMC’s public works department.
The NMC standing committee had sanctioned Rs 156.86 crore for the concretisation of 28 roads in Phase III, despite the cash crunch. NMC is planning to concretise 39 roads (41.5km) under this phase. In the first phase, the civic body had selected 30 different tar road stretches (26.26km) to convert them into cement ones. But till now, only 9.95 km roads from the 26.26 km stretch have been concretised.
According to a senior NMC official, the concretisation of the city has been delayed due to the construction of MahaMetro.
Now, with the sanctioning of the special funds, we just hope that the process speeds up!\
Information and cover image sourced from timesofindia