Raasta khodo, Tender nikalo

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Raasta khodo, Tender nikalo

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 09, 2018 12:48 hrs


The condition of the city's roads which are currently in shambles begets the attention of everyone. The PWD’s calendar for fixing roads needs to be the first thing that the new minister needs to address.

Certain construction works related to roads seem to be on a loop of sorts. Here is the cycle – the PWD sets up building blocks and fixes a road. Within a couple of weeks, there is always a JICA, ASEB or a BSNL signboard next to a dug up road, wherein the concerned authorities are perpetually fixing damaged connections, installing underground cables or installing pipelines. These projects seem to be done independently with the highest levels of miscommunication. Instead of digging up the road just once and getting three agencies coordinated - the government will take out the tender three times for three departments – because that is how they get their wallets loaded.

The timeline for this is in a 1:3 ratio (1 week of good roads, 3 weeks of dug up roads).

So maybe, the new PWD minster should start with the streamlining of inter-department communications. This way he saves the recurring costs and strengthens up the public coffers which always seem to be running low.

Just for an on-ground check, both the newly appointed GDD and PWD Ministers should go for a drive on the Rupnagar-Kalapahar route and the Kharguli stretch. The bumps in their relationship are nothing compared to the bumpy ride that awaits them.

In any case, the ministers need to address the “raasta khodo, tender nikalo” attitude before they’re harassed by a series of RTIs and explanations.

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