Road Transport Ministry to penalise officials for faulty construction works| New Delhi | SR News Update

According to a latest circular by Road Transport Ministry, officials and agencies will be now held responsible and penalise for failure in checking quality of work and structures. The responsible agencies include NHAI, Road ministry and more. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR)

As per the circular issued few days back, the officials or agencies that are found responsible for repeat failures to comply or in case of failure of any construction will face major or minor penalties. This is in contrast with the earlier rule where only contractors and consultants supervising the work or independent engineers used to be penalised for any failures.

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In addition, the ministry has also charted out the responsibility of the officers in-charge at site to inspect construction projects to ensure proven methodology is being followed.

The decision has come in the wake as despite the contract provisions for enforcing quality assurance; 'lapses' are found done by construction companies or contractors and consultants. To have quality control, the concerned officers will inspect projects on a monthly basis to ensure approved plans are being followed.

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In the case of works costing more than Rs 300 crore and projects involving a bridge of more than 60 meters, officers have to carry out bi-monthly inspections.

The circular said there will be graded action for failure of officers in their duty. They will have to carry out sample laboratory and on-site tests on important quality characteristics of materials, mixes and final products.

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