PWD Bridges Exempted from Toll Tax

No toll recovery to be done on bridges built by PWD from State Budget, Chief Minister's instruction : Commuters on more than 1000 bridges of state to get benefit of the decision

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh gives consent in principle : Proposal of New National Highway between Raipur and Vishakhapatnam

Proposed Highway to link three states, diminish the distance by nearly 200km
Dr Raman Singh chairs review meeting PWD

Raipur, 22 May 2017 - Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has given instructions to stop collection of toll tax on bridges constructed by PWD from state's budget. In the review meeting of PWD held at his resident office, Dr Raman Singh directed the officials concerned to stop collection of toll tax on those bridges, for which currently there is provision of Rs 5 lakh annual recovery. This announcement of Chief Minister will benefit vehicles and heavy vehicles on more than 1000 bridges of state.

It is noteworthy that under the leadership of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, State Government's PWD department has constructed nearly 965 bridges in state in last 13 years, from year 2004 to year 2017. In the first three years of Chhattisgarh state formation i.e. from year 2000 to year 2003, total 66 bridges were built and before formation of Chhattisgarh state i.e. from year 1978 to year 2000, total 89 bridges were constructed by PWD department in 22 years. Dr Singh immediately approved the PWD's proposal to keep those state-sanctioned bridges toll-free, the annual toll recovery of which is not more than Rs 5 lakh. He asked the department officials about the amount of toll recovered from such bridges. On which, officials informed that only 11 crore is recovered annually. Dr Singh considered this amount to be really small and said that for the larger interest of public, such bridges should be made toll free. During the review, Department officials informed that in year 2007-08, 32 bridges with toll recovery of less Rs 5 lakh annually were made toll-free.

In the three-hour long meeting of PWD held today, Chief Minister reviewed in detail the official works and activities of the department. He especially emphasized on timely completion of those construction works, for which the time-limit has been given till year 2017 and June, 2018. In the meeting, PWD Minister Mr. Rajesh Moonat, Chief Secretary Mr. Vivek Dhand, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Aman Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary Finance Department Mr. Amitabh Jain, PWD Secretary Mr. Subodh Kumar Singh, Managing Director of Chhattisgarh Road Development Corporation Mr. Anil Rai, Chief Engineer PWD Mr. DK Pradhan, and other senior officials were also present.

PWD Secretary Mr. Subodh Kumar Singh gave presentation on Departmental works. He informed that Chhattisgarh Road Development Corporation has taken up projects of 27 roads of total 889 km, for which administrative sanction of Rs 3238 has been received. Agencies for 22 out of 27 roads have also been finalized. The input cost of construction of these 22 roads of 648km is Rs 2182 crore. Construction many roads is progress. In the second phase of loan support provided by Asian Development Bank (ADB), construction of 18 roads at the cost of Rs 2200 is in progress. Corporation has signed contract for Rs 2211 crore for construction of 856 km, out of which construction of roads of 511 km and 1410 bridges-culverts have been completed. In the third phase of ADB, Chhattisgarh Road Development Corporation has prepared proposal of nearly Rs 5500 crore for construction of 38 roads. Chief Minister directed the officials to discuss the proposal with ADB soon and finalize the proposed action plan.

Joint Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Rajat Kumar informed in his presentation that State Government is nearing the completion of Chief Minister Dash Board, wherein latest updates of construction works of all departments, right from sanction status to progress, will be made available online. Right from Ministers, Secretaries to Chief Engineer and Engineer of the construction departments will stay connected with this dash board through mobile app. Chief Minister will himself review the progress of these construction works on dash board and give online remark on the same.
 
Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr Raman Singh has given consent-in-principle to Chief Minister Mr. N Chandrababu Naidu's proposal of linking capital city Raipur with Vishakhapatnam through a new road route. Mr. Naidu has proposed for declaring this road a national highway.
In the review meet of PWD held at his residence office, Dr Singh had detailed discussion on this proposal. Department officials informed in the meeting that Andhra Pradesh Government has proposed for declaring the road from Raipur to Vijaynagram-Vishakhapatnam as National Highway, and to shorten the distance, route from Kurud to Nagri (Sihava) area of Chhattisgarh and route from Navrangpur of Odisha state to Vishakhapatnam has been marked. Dr Raman Singh was glad to know that this newly proposed National Highway will link three states- Chhattisgarh-Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
It is noteworthy that presently, distance between Raipur to Vishakhapatnam via Jagdalpur (Bastar) is nearly 600km. The newly marked and proposed route will shorten this distance by 200 km. In the meeting, it was informed that Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh had sent a proposal in the context to Union Minister of Road Transport and Highway Mr. Nitin Gadkari in February 2017. He had also requested Chhattisgarh Government to deliberate on the proposal. This road will be built via Vishakhapatnam, Chinthalvalasa, Vijaynagar, Saloor, Odisha's Koraput, Umarkot, Baheda, Dighli to capital city of Chhattisgarh- Raipur via Kurud. This road will cover total distance of 401km. It has been proposed that this route from Raipur to Kurud, Dighli, Nagri, Borai to Likhma should be declared as National Highway. The proposed route of 132 km in Chhattisgarh will be of two-lane and remaining 32 km will be single lane. Presently, there is 54-km long national highway from Raipur to Kurud. Now Chhattisgarh has to give consent on declaring 110-km route as national highway.
Chief Minister said to the officials in this meeting that part of proposed route passes through forest land also. Hence, the formalities relate to forest clearance etc should be completed soon as per the rules so that the work may proceed. It was informed in the meeting that in the current fiscal year 2017-18, PWD's annual action plan of Rs 2500 crore has been granted. This includes four flyovers between Raipur-Durg as well. Chief Minister reviewed progress of bypass road construction in various cities of Chhattisgarh including the construction of four-lane between Raipur-Bilaspur. PWD has set the target of completing construction of 28 roads of 1526 kms by March 2018, at the cost of Rs 12 thousand 266 crores. This includes six roads of National Highway Development Authority and four roads of LWE-affected areas.