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Hope the situation improves

Hope the situation improves
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Now that Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing a thrust on improving the infrastructure besides some key facilities, the planners here need to lay thrust on improving the infrastructure in almost all sectors. Besides it also needs to be ensured that the quality of the raised infrastructure is maintained as well.
This has become all the more important as various works carried out by the government agencies using private contractors and other means is the lack of third party inspection systems. The absence of third party inspection mechanism ensured that major works that were carried out escaped the quality tests that should have otherwise been ensured at various stages of execution.
Importantly, in a bid to improve the quality of infrastructure in road sector and fix responsibility for proper maintenance of assets, the administration few months back approved the rollout of the third party inspection guidelines in Jammu and Kashmir.
The new guidelines were framed on the lines of established regulations in respect of road network created under the PMGSY scheme. Accordingly, structured control mechanism is being established in PW(R&B) Department to carry out scientific and periodic independent inspections for all district roads and state highways by undertaking monitoring via in-house departmental engineers and empanelled consultant of National stature.
The quality control mechanism also defines procedures and timelines to properly govern preparation of realistic detailed project reports (DPRs); preparation of bid documents and effective selection process for procurement of works; quality control on material and workmanship through enforcement of technical standard; and quality control requirement by regular testing, close supervision and inspection.
The mechanism has provisions for ensuring preparation of realistic detailed project report (DPR) on the basis of detailed drawings and design, with adequate attention to investigations and pre-construction activities which are essential for proper design and estimation of the project as per standard IS, IRC codes of practice and as per JKPWD Engineering Manual 2021 and other guidelines issued by the department for time to time.
The third party inspection mechanism will also ensure preparation of bid documents and effective selection process for procurement of works, based on proven capacity and ability of the contractors in accordance with the relevant guidelines; constant monitoring of projects by undertaking on-site supervision, Quality Control measures including materials and workmanship, primarily through testing.
The new guidelines make it mandatory to conduct independent quality tests in accordance with the standard codal requirements and verify that the quality management system is achieving its intended objectives. They also prescribe non-release of payments to the contractors until works are inspected and graded satisfactory by the quality monitor.
The move by the administration will ensure that the private contractors who do not take the works seriously will have to be answerable for the jobs they have been allotted.
Besides, with the rollout of third party inspection system, the quality of works executed under various programmes and schemes in road sector will be brought under scrutiny and responsibilities will be fixed for non and under performance of various agencies.
The move should have been ensured way back but the previous governments showed least interest in ensuring that the government money does not go waste.


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