CEO ERA Syed Abid Rasheed Shah inspects ongoing works on Parimpora–Soibugh road

Issues strict directions to complete project within 90 days

SRINAGAR, JUNE 12: Chief Executive Officer, JKERA/JTFRP, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah today conducted an extensive inspection of the ongoing Parimpora–Soibugh road sub-project being executed by JKERA under the World Bank-funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project.

The Parimpora-Soibugh road connects two districts including Srinagar and central Kashmir’s district Budgam. The existing road is being upgraded with improved flexible design and protective measures.

The completion of this road would augment the road infrastructure between the two neighbouring districts and would also connect the important tourist and religious destinations.

During the inspection, the CEO passed strict instructions for immediately speeding up the work and completing the project in the next 90 days. Major civil works of road comprise of improvement of road geometrics and widening of blind curves/black spots.

The CEO directed the engineering staff and contractor to ensure that the quality of the civil works is maintained as per best standards—directing Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance Compliance (TAQAC) officials to regularly monitor the quality and progress of work on a weekly basis.

The CEO directed the contractor to immediately increase the manpower and machinery deployed to ensure that the project is completed well within time. On-the-spot directions were issued to the Engineering staff for strict weekly monitoring of progress. He said that the heavy liquidity damages as a penalty would be imposed on the contractors for failing to adhere to the deadlines.

Dr. Abid was accompanied by Director ERA Kashmir, Er Tanveer Mir, Project Manager, Abdul Waheed Khan, Deputy Project Manager, Abdul Majeed Lone, TAQAC officials, and other Engineering Staff of JTFRP and consultancies along with the representatives of contractors.

Later, CEO ERA met several local deputations during his visit, who apprised him about various issues pertaining to the project.

The locals appreciated the role of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha who led the administration for speeding up the development works in the area.

“We appreciate and express our gratitude to the LG sahib, his administration for listening to us,” a local resident, Ghulam Muhammad Shah, of Haaji Bagh, said.

“A personal visit by senior officials to monitor the progress of the ongoing works shows the seriousness of the LG sahib and his administration,” MI Malik, a local at Soibugh, said.

The CEO passed strict instructions for weekly monitoring of all road sub-projects and resolution of all outstanding issues in close coordination with the contractor to achieve immediate weekly progress. Pertinently implementation on these sub-projects has started this year after a hiatus of four years.