Bhubaneswar, July 26: Odisha gave nod for a proposal to formulate ‘Rural Road Maintenance’ policy for the planning and execution of rural roads in planned and efficient manner. Under this ‘Rural Road, Maintenance’ policy a comprehensive road data base consisting of road inventory details, road section inventory and road condition index report for every rural road would be prepared.
Chief Secretary A P Padhi told after the Cabinet meeting that policy aims to cover comprehensive road data base. The road condition index of each rural road will be updated every year by all concerned departments. The data base of all rural roads with inventories will be created by respective departments.
Geographic Information System GIS based rural road network map will be prepared and shared by the nodal department with all user departments. Padhi said annual maintenance plan will be made at the beginning of each financial year by the respective administrative department consisting the details about the maintenance works to be carried out in that particular year for proper utilisation of funds available.
Road condition index and population served will be given weight age in making the annual maintenance plan. The administrative department will assess the requirement of funds basing on the funding norms decided by the empowered committee and propose the same to finance department every year during the preparation of annual budget for necessary budget provision.
For the implementation of the policy, the administrative department will prioritise the rural road maintenance within the budgetary allocation. The government will not create a dedicated fund for maintenance of rural roads and the rural road maintenance may also be taken up through the convergence of budgetary and extra budgetary resources. Padhi said during the current financial year for maintenance of 5 years completed PMGSY roads, a provision of Rs 300 Crore has been made in the state budget for Rural Development (RD) department under administrative expenditure.
The Chief Secretary said technical audit will be done by an independent team of engineers or through consulting firms having expertise in the area of road maintenance to ensure effective maintenance of roads. It will be done on the sample basis by rural roads owning departments every year and the report will be examined by the concerned department of state government and action for remedial measures will be taken accordingly.