State Concerned For Highways

State Government has expressed concern over poor maintenance of National Highways in the State, which are under control of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

The Highways which are under the control of NHAI in the State are in a poor state, causing public inconvenience, issues of traffic safety and also threats of strikes by various stake holders such as public representatives, bus operators, transporters etc.
Nalini Kanta Pradhan, Secretary, Works reviewed the repair and maintenance status of National Highway roads which are under the control of in the State.
The meeting was attended by R P Panda,CGM, NHAI; Arun Mishra, C.E, NHs, Odisha; Project Directors of NHAI, Executing Agencies of NHAI and other state Government officials.
Secretary, Works, Mr.Pradhan apprised all the NHAI representatives the concern of the State regarding very poor maintenance of NHs.
He reviewed the repair and maintenance status of all the NHs under NHAI, such as Cuttack –Angul - Sambalpur road, Sambalpur - Tileibani - Deogarh - Pallahara - Keonjhar - Baripada road, Remuli – Koira - Rajamunda – Rourkela - Biramitrapur road, Chandikhole – Duburi -Kamakhyanagar - Talcher road, Bhubaneswar - Berhampur road, Barkote-Rajamunda road, Panikoili-Remuli road and also maintenance condition of old bridges over Brahmani near Rourkela, Sarang and Jenapur. 
While agreeing to the fact that the trafficability in all the above NHs are not satisfactory, NHAI officials and Executing Agencies present committed to complete repairs of all the pot-holes in all the above mentioned roads by 20 November and repairs to long distressed stretches and severely damaged ones by end of November, 2018.
They also informed that the bridges on river Brahmani are being maintained and the repairs are in progress. Secretary, Works Mr.Pradhan advised NHAI officials and Executing Agencies to stick to the targets committed by them without fail.
He impressed upon them that while the State Administration is always open and keen to help solve any issues being faced by them, they must maintain the roads to trafficable standards before improvements are taken up by them to maintain the image of the State, both outside and inside.
Mr.Pradhan also advised to provide adequate signages for road safety in all the NHs, which are conspicuously missing in many places, especially where works are under progress.

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