504 kms of NHs destroyed, 11 crore released so far for repair.
Guwahati/ 27th July’2017 (Prag News Desk): The Public Works Department (National Highway) has send a directive to all its field engineers to send details with photographic evidence daily as proofs for the repair and maintenance works at the NHs.
The field engineers will have to report about the daily progress of work in a Whatsapp group of the department, which has been facing flak from people over the poor condition of several highway stretches. The engineers have been also asked to send photographic evidence to substantiate their daily report.
As per the reports, the recent Assam deluge has affected around 504 km of highways, according to a report prepared by the PWD(NH). The nature of damages are formation of potholes, sub-grade failure, submergence, landslides, damage to culverts and bridge approaches etc.
The State PWD’s NH division looks after 2541.9 km of the total 3862.4 km of highways in the State. The remaining are under NHAI (696.3 km), NHIDCL (399.3 km), MoRT&H (25.8 km), BRO (31 km) and Railways (13.6 km).
The official said repair and restoration works have started on 17 highways, while work has been completed in around 65 km stretch of roads on seven highways in an estimated amount of Rs. 36 crore for which the government has released 11 crore so far.