CM sets 3-mth deadline for PWD projects
Prodded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the state public works department (PWD) now has to complete a number of ongoing and pending road and highway infrastructure development projects within the next three months.
Sources said that the state secretariat and its authorities have got sanctions that amount to Rs 1,000 crore from the 14th finance commission to undertake these works.
The main projects comprises a number of road and highway stretch widening and strengthening work, to construct 23 railway overbridges (ROB) on several national and state highway stretches on engineering, procurement and construct (EPC) mode for which the authorities plan to invite bids to take up work within the next one month.
As per the plan, most number of ROBs will be constructed at several places of North Bengal, North 24 Parganas on NH-31, NH-35 and NH-60. Two more will be set up on NH-2B and a lone ROB at Barasat falling on NH-34.
The state highways will also receive two ROBs at Bandel car shed and Adisaptagram on SH-6 and at Simlagarh on SH-13.
The ROBs have been planned at Sevok, Oodlabari, Malbazar, Lataguri and Mayanaguri on the NH-31 towards North Bengal.
On the way down South some bridges have been planned at Bishnupur, Mejia Thermal Power station, Topsi, Pandabeswar, Bhimgarh and Suri.
On NH-35 of North 24 Parganas too will get railway bridges. The PWD authorities have been working to widen and strengthen many national and state highway stretches that heads towards Diamond Harbour, Chandro kona to Ghatal and then Behrampore to Kandi.