Felix urges engineers to take pride in constructing road

YACHULI, Jul 4: RWD, IPR and Printing Minister, Bamang Felix on Wednesday held a review meeting here with the officials of the Rural Works Department on his maiden visit to Lower Subansiri district after taking over as minister of RWD.
“The Rural Works Department has the major responsibility of providing road connectivity to the persons at the last mile. You as officials of this department should take solace in the fact that you are able to mitigate the communication issues of the common, rural and under privileged people. The roads and the bridges that you build in the difficult rural terrains will always be a part of your credentials,” said Felix while exhorting the engineers to work with a missionary zeal and imbibe a solid team spirit.
“As engineers of a very important department, you should be able to identify crucial roads and prepare project DPRs after personally verifying the ground realities. There should be no compromise on the quality of the infrastructures,” he further advised and also suggested for using GEO-CAMs and other latest software applications to get the exact positions and also to avoid duplicities.
“All the completed projects should be formally inaugurated and the reports should be dully endorsed to the central government on the ministry’s website portal,” he further added.
He also informed that the present government is trying to work out a module under Chief Ministers Rural Road Program to provide road connectivity to all smaller, less populated villages that do not meet the criteria under PMGSY.
The vision of the state government to provide road connectivity to all the villages by 2022 can only be fulfilled with the help of engineers who will be assisting the government in identifying rural villages outside the PMGSY ambit, he added.
Felix further directed Executive Engineer Toko Ottu to hold review meetings every fortnight in the sub-divisions and monthly review meetings at the circle level to assess the progress of the projects. He also assured to look into the problems of the officials like vehicles and accommodation issues. (DIPRO)