Raipur : Tremendous achievements in the field of infrastructure development in new districts and naxal-affected areas : Mr. Rajesh Moonat State’s PWD budget increases from Rs 229 crore to Rs 7795 crore

Raipur : Tremendous achievements in the field of infrastructure development in new districts and naxal-affected areas : Mr. Rajesh Moonat State's

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Raipur : Tremendous achievements in the field of infrastructure development in new districts and naxal-affected areas : Mr. Rajesh Moonat State’s PWD budget increases from Rs 229 crore to Rs 7795 crore

Five Lakh people to be settled in Naya Raipur by year 2030

Construction of 1890kms of roads in naxal-affected Bastar region completed

Raipur, 7 December 2017

PWD, Housing and Environment Minister Mr. Rajesh Moonat informed today that in last 14 years, State Government has got tremendous success in development of basic infrastructure such as roads, bridges and government buildings in the newly-constituted districts and remote naxal-affected districts of state. Mr. Moonat was addressing the local media representatives at new circuit house, informing them about the achievements of state government in last 14 years.

He said that State Government has set the goal to ensure settlement of five lakh people in Naya Raipur, the city emerging as the smart city of 21st century.Many government offices including Secretariat and department head office buildings in Naya Raipur and many residential colonies have been constructed. Transport Department has removed all the check post in state for convenience of the public, and all the district transport offices have been computerized and made online. E-rickshaws are being encouraged for environment conservation. He also told that State Government has decided to provide concession in transport tax for e-rickshaws for five years.

Mr. Moonat said- PWD is doing construction works of various kinds in all 27 districts of state for public convenience, at war footing. PWD is also continually developing infrastructure for people of naxal-affected areas. Construction of 500m-bridge on Shabri River and Dornapal-Chintalnar road of Sukma district is a major example of the same.Mr. Moonat informed that till date 1890 kms of roads have been constructed in remote areas of naxal-affected Bastar region and 1326 kms of roads have been constructed under Centre’s scheme for LWE affected areas. In Bastar, 138 bridges have been constructed. Mr. Moonat said that in Chhattisgarh, 1962 kms of roads have been declared as highway and 12432kms of roads have been declared as main district road. Mr. Moonat informed that Chief Minister DR Raman Singh had constituted two new districts in year 2007 and nine new districts in the year 2012, wherein Collectorate buildings, residential quarters for government employees, transit hostels have been constructed and these district headquarters have been linked through national highways.

PWD’s budgets hikes by 34 times

He told- at the time state formation, PWD’s annual budget was only Rs 229 crore, which has now increased by 34 times to Rs 7795 crore. Earlier, it was difficult to build new roads and maintain them, due to limited budgets. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh took this into account and increased the budget of PWD with each passing year since 2003-04, giving top priority to construction of government buildings, bridges, and road connectivity.

995 big bridges constructed in 14 years

Mr. Moonat informed that PWD Department has constructed 995 new big bridges in last 14 years. Besides, the department has built 6081 government buildings. He said that PWD is implementing the scheme to connect all 146 block headquarters of state with seven metre wide roads, under which 124 block headquarters have been linked through wide roads till date. The scheme of bypass road construction in all major cities is being implemented at an accelerated pace, under which construction of 16 bypass roads has been completed, including the ones in Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Jagdalpur, Ambikapur and others.

E-procurement system for tenders of more than Rs 5 crore

Mr. Moonat told that PWD has brought e-procurement system for pacing up and ensuring transparency in tender process. Presently, all tenders of more than Rs 5 crore are being invited online through e-procurement system.

More than four thousand unemployed engineers-masons of state given works worth more than Rs one thousand crore

PWD Minister said- his department is doing registration of unemployed engineers and masons, who are being provided two assignments in a years. There is a provision of giving works worth maximum Rs 50 lakh to graduate engineers, worth maximum RS 25 lakh to diploma engineers, and works worth maximum Rs 15 lakh to masons. Till date, four thousand 280 unemployed engineers and masons have been registered and works worth more than Rs one thousand crore has been given to them.

15 Railway Over-Bridges worth nearly Rs 324 crore constructed

Mr. Moonat also informed that in last 14 years, 15 railway over bridges worth Rs 324 crores and four railway under-bridges worth Rs 186 crore has been constructed. Ongoing construction works of railway over-bridges and under-bridges will be completed by year 2018. He said that PWD is constructing medical college building in Rajnandgaon at the cost of Rs 400 crore, which will be completed in two years. Construction of medical college buildings in Jagdalpur and Raigarh has already been completed.

Commendable work in the direction of housing revolution

Mr. Moonat informed that under the leadership of Chief MInister Dr Raman Singh, many schemes have been started to provide housing facility to all families of state. Commendable works have been done in state in the direction of housing revolution. After formation of new state, there was no housing board in state for three years, but Dr Raman Singh constituted Chhattisgarh Housing Board in years 2004 for realizing the dream of housing revolution. Housing Board had taken up the task of constructing 85 thousand houses in year 2004, construction of maximum of these houses have been completed, including 8806 houses under Atal Housing Scheme, 17 thousand 115 houses under Deendayal Housing Scheme, 43 thousand 194 houses under General Housing Scheme, 11 thousand 891 houses under Atal Vihaar Yojana, four thousand houses under BSUP and ISHDP scheme. Mr. Moonat said that under Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana, there is a target of building 40 thousand houses in Naya Raipur. Chairman Chhattisgarh Housing Board Mr. Bhupendra Savanni, Transport Department Additional Chief Secretary Mr. BVR Subramanyam, PWD Secretary Mr. Subodh Kumar Singh, Transport Department Secretary Mr. Arundev Gautam, Housing and Environment Department Secretary Mr. Sanjay Shukla and other senior officials were also present.