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Govt to introduce auditing on construction of roads on engineering, accidents

Govt to introduce auditing on construction of roads on engineering, accidents

New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) The government is taking multi-pronged steps to bring about drastic improvement in the construction and repairs of National Highways and broadening of the roads to six lanes or so.

The Minister also expressed concern over growing number of road accidents and said this issue remains a matter of concern for his ministry.

In this context, he sought the cooperation of MPs and maintained that like financial auditing, a new system is being evolved under which Construction Auditing dealing with road accidents and engineering works will be carried out.

Stating these in Lok Sabha during Question Hour on Thursday, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, however, said several road projects are facing hurdles like land acquisition.

He cited the instances of land acquisition issues in states like Bihar.

Answering to supplementary queries, the Minister said at times there are also problems in executing works on road projects due to objections from Defence Ministry officials and forces.

"In one occasion, people had even come with guns to drive away the contractor," he remarked throwing the House into a peel of laughter.

To a caustic observation from Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury that perhaps there is no effective coordination between various ministries under the NDA regime, Mr Gadkari said this perception will be erroneous as most often Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has appreciated his request and intervened to resolve the differences.

"However, at times I find unique illustration when the container seems to be more warm than the tea....The problems are at the lower level," he remarked.

"For land acquisition in Dhola Kuan area in Delhi, me and Late Manohor Parrikar had to move hean and earth....kitna papar belne padey," he remarked.

Among others Rajiv Ranjan (JD-U), Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Rama Devi - both BJP and TRS member Kotha Prabhakar Reddy (TRS) and K Suresh (Congress) asked supplementary questions.

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