Bhubaneswar: Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh pointed out several irregularities in the implementation of road projects in Odisha under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMSY), an official said on Saturday.

In a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the Union Minister said that the state has projects worth Rs 5,000 crore under implementation. However, it has only 50 project implementation units with the capacity to handle a workload of only Rs 3,125 crore.

"There are concerns about the quality in execution. The National Quality Monitors (NQMs) have reported 25 percent unsatisfactory works in the ongoing projects. The state quality monitors (SQMs) have not been inspecting the roads as frequently as prescribed in the guidelines," he said, in a letter dated July 4.

"To execute additional projects to be sanctioned, the number of project implementation units (PIUs) with full commitment of technical staffs will have to be increased to at least 70 by the end of September 2013," he said.

Emphasizing the need for transparency in the implementation of the projects, Jairam Ramesh also pointed out that maintenance-related expenditure has been low in the state and it needs to be increased.

(Agencies)

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