Ministry fixes target of 1676 roads and bridges to be inspected by SQMs in J&K UT under PMGSY

VIKAS SHARMA

JAMMU : In a significant move to maintain the consistency of improvement in the construction of roads and bridges under the flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), the National Rural Infrastructure Development Agency (NRIDA), Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has fixed a target of 1676 roads and bridges (1372 roads and 304 bridges) for the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir to be inspected by the State Quality Monitors (SQMs) in 2022-23.

“The decision has been taken to ensure the quality of PMGSY projects in the UT. It is important to ensure that each section of work is inspected at least thrice by SQMs at defined stages of construction. These targets will also be rigorously monitored by NRIDA at frequent intervals. There is a three-tiered Quality Control mechanism for ensuring construction of quality road works and durability of road assets under PMGSY”, an official said.

“Under the first tier, the Programme Implementation Units (PIUs) are required to ensure process control through mandatory tests on material and workmanship at field laboratories. The second tier is a structured independent quality monitoring at the State level through SQMs to ensure that every work is inspected at initial stage, middle stage and the final stage of construction.

Under the third tier, independent National Quality Monitors (NQMs) are deployed by NRIDA for random inspection of roads and bridge works to monitor quality and also to provide guidance to the field functionaries. Thus, completed roads are compulsorily inspected by SQMs, and inspected on sample basis by NQMs”, official maintained.
In 2021-22, central funds to the tune of Rs 1328.34 crore were released by the Union Government. In 2019-20, Rs 1727.30 crore was released for the centrally sponsored scheme in J&K UT. In 2019-20 and 2018-19, funds to the tune of Rs 695.50 crore and 590.77 crore were released to construct the roads and bridges under the PMGSY.

During the year 2019-20, 2020-21 and current year up to 30th March 2022, a total of 14828 NQM inspection reports were received in respect of completed and ongoing works across the country.

Pertinently PMGSY was launched on December 25, 2000 as a fully funded Centrally Sponsored Scheme to provide all weather road connectivity in rural areas of the country. The programme envisages connecting all habitations with a population of 500 persons and above in the plain areas and 250 persons and above in hill States, the tribal and the desert areas.