Despite sanctioning of roads to the tune of Rs.269 crore under Comprehensive Road Maintenance Programme (CRMP), several stretches and thoroughfares in Charminar Zone wallowing in a pathetic state with potholes are stretches every few meters remain make the roads vulnerable for accidents.
It is pertinent to mention here that a total of Rs.1839 crore road works have been sanctioned for all seven zones of GHMC under Comprehensive Road Maintenance Programme (CRMP) out of which the Charminar Zone alone get the work share of Rs.269 crores.
A total 57 stretches have been identified in all the six circles such as Charminar, Falaknuma, Rajendranagar, Malakpet, Santoshnagar and Chandrayangutta in Charminar Zone and the works were awarded to M.Venkatarao Infra Projects Private Limited.
However, though the tendering works were finalised in the month of January 2020, not sufficient works have been taken up yet to provide relief to the road users of Old City.
The officials of the CRMP themselves affirmed that only 50 percent of the works have been completed that too only in Rajendranagar area while shying away from disclosing the overall percentage of works in other area of the Charminar Zone.
Moreover, the works in Charminar Zone is moving with very snail pace while the contract clearly says about transparency in execution of works in every manner.
According to the draft rule book, the consultant have made responsible for the day to day activity. It clearly says that, during the field visits, the consultant shall check and report whether work has been executed according to the drawings, designs and specifications and in line, levels as per approved drawings. During this visits he will spend time observing the contractors working practices also. He will prepare a report on his visits on the same day as the visit takes place. This report will be submitted without delay and no case later than the following day to the concerned Superintending Engineer & Executive Engineer with a copy to the Chief Engineer(M),GHMC.
It further says, the points mention in the report shall be checked for compliance in subsequent visits and reported. The consultant shall make further visits as necessary to follow up particular areas of concern.
One of the main objectives is to point out to the respective contractors how improvements can be made to the working practices and to resolve difficulties in an amicable manner. It should be remembered that time is the essence of the contract and that considerable judgement is required regarding quality aspects of the work.
It is also mentioned in the rule book, that “If the contractors failed to heed advice or undertake work that is suspect which requires rectification or replacement the matter is to be immediately reported to the Superintending Engineer & Chief Engineer (M), GHMC so that appropriate action can be taken under the terms of contract.”