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Indemnity bonds for better road maintenance

Kolkata: In a bid to ensure better maintenance of roads, agencies that will carry out work like laying of cables or pipelines will have to get engaged into an indemnity bond.
An order has been passed for indemnity bond for use of the land of the PWD for laying of optical fibre cable and pipelines. It is learnt that the department has prepared standard format of indemnity bond for use of the land of PWD for carrying the same work.
Sources said the agency that will undertake the work will have to "indemnify against all damages and claims, if any, due to digging of trenches for laying of cables or pipelines".
It may be mentioned that the issue related to roads getting damaged within a short period of time for carrying out work like laying of cables and pipelines
had cropped in a recent administrative review meeting when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was heading different districts.
She had directed to take necessary steps so that roads do not get damaged within a short period of time for such reasons.
It may be mentioned that the state government invest a huge amount of money for strengthening and repairing roads. After the change of guard in the state in 2011, the Mamata Banerjee government has ensured smooth roads even in the remotest part of the state in the
past six-and-a-half-year.
Even 3,300 km roads under the jurisdiction of Zila Parishads have also been taken up by the state PWD for its strengthening and widening.
Besides construction of the roads, the state government also needs to invest a large amount of money for maintenance of the same. So, in a bid to ensure better maintenance of the roads, the PWD has taken the step.
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