New Delhi: Responding to a report submitted by a survey team of the Ministry of Rural Development, Central Government has appointed Ravindra Kumar Lal, Directorate General of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to train the engineers of Bihar for improving the quality of rural roads.

According to the Central Rural Secretary, BK Sinha, Lal has been assigned the task to train the engineers of Bihar in the wake of poor construction of roads here under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna.

It may be noted that the agencies involved in the construction of roads have to take care of the roads for a period of five years. After getting the complaints of poor quality of roads in Muzaffarpur and from other places, a team from the Union Rural Development Ministry visited the state and collected the information.

The team was informed that the agencies, which were assigned the task of preparing the DPR by the state government, prepared the project report without visiting the area. This resulted in roads without bridges, which left them useless.

Taking up this issue, the Central Government has decided not to accept any project until the drafts to complete the bridges on route are not cleared by the state government. 
Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, the Centre has so far provided Rs 7,956 crores to Bihar Government, which in the last year alone received Rs 3477 crores.

JPN/Bureau