ASSAM RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND AGRICULTURAL SERVICES (ARIAS) SOCIETY


Monday, September 03, 2012

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ARIAS Society: Project Coordination Unit
PWD Roads

  About Public Works Department (Roads):
 Public Works Department (Roads) of the state Assam is responsible for construction & maintenance of roads and bridges in the State Highways , Major District Roads, Rural Roads, Urban Roads (Excluding those under local Municipal Administration). This is one of the largest and oldest department of the Government of Assam

  Area of operation of PWD Roads Department under ARIAS Society:

Districts covered under ARIAS:

  • In the districts of Cachar, Darrang, Kamrup, Lakhimpur, Nagaon & Sivasagar for Rehabilitation of roads (total 6) and for Maintenance of roads all districts were covered.

Districts proposed to be Covered under AACP:

  • In districts of Sonitpur, Nalbari, Dhubri, Hailakandi, Jorhat, Barpeta, Goalpara, Karimganj & Morigaon(total 9).

  Highlights of Achievements under ARIAS:

  • Rehabilitated 723 Km of Roads and converted 209 Timber Bridges to RCC;
  • Repaired 2013 Km of Roads in all districts;
  • GIS system developed for 6 districts;
  • Road Research Laboratory Strengthened & made operational;
  • Road Construction Equipment provided to modernize the Mechanical Wing;
  • Technology transfer and Quality road construction ensured through independent International Construction Supervision Consultants;
  • Provided computers to PWD divisions as support for efficient decision making;
  • Capacity of PWD Engineers enhanced through training, workshop on contract administration, construction management, procurement, quality control etc;
  • Got Developed a Standard Bridge Design for cost & time effective bridge construction with pre-cast Pre-Stress technology;
  • An Institutional Development Study completed to guide institutional reforms;
  • A Road Maintenance Policy adopted and notified. A State Road Board is operationalized basically for maintenance of rural roads through a dedicated road maintenance fund;
  • A Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy adopted and notified;
  • Significant Comments of the Independent Monitoring & Evaluation Consultants (IIM Lucknow), inter alia include:
    · 31% of the State population directly benefited from this component,
    · Rehabilitation of RR&B improved fuel efficiency 15% to 30% in case of Petrol/ Diesel vehicles respectively,
    · Villagers mobility to nearest towns has increased by about 18%,
    · Public transport to rural areas gone up by 70%,
    · 5-10% increase in agriculture produce sold by farmers in town markets and thereby about 18% better price realization by farmers,
    · Improved access to market, educational & health facilities


    Progress under AACP:
    • Preparation of DPR for 19 packages (i.e 19 contracts) covering total 260.69 Km of roads & 76 bridges in 5 districts have been completed,
    • Of the above, Bids for 5 packages covering 62.80 Km and Conversion of 12 Timber bridges to RCC have been floated,
    • Road Selection for all the 9 districts to be covered under up-gradation program completed (through PCU)
    • Short list of Consultants for Contract Supervision Finalized following International Sourcing procedure. Detailed Proposal from the short listed consultants is being obtained, following finalization of the Terms Of Reference,
    • Draft Terms of reference for hiring a consultancy service for Road Maintenance Management System is being finalized, following a study tour to Hyderabad (Andhra pradesh) by a team of engineers.
    • Software for Design is under Procurement after obtaining Bank’s approval,
    • Road Maintenance Manual prepared and adopted by Govt.

      Organisational Structure of Project Implementation Unit(PIU) at PWD for implementing Rural Roads Component of AACP
  Contact Information of PWD Department:
  >Shri K.C.Hazarika, Chief Engineer, PWD (AACP), Chandmari, Guwahati-781003 (Assam, India)
     Fax: +91 361 2332125

 >Shri B.M.Choudhury, Executive Engineer, Office of the Chief Engineer, PWD (AACP),     Chandmari, Guwahati-781003(Assam, India) Fax:+91 361 2332125

 

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