Ranchi, Sept. 18: Chief minister Arjun Munda today gifted an all-new bridge to Garhwa district with a click of the mouse.
The bridge over Tahle river, which had collapsed several years ago, was rebuilt in record time — just 100 days. The foundation for repairs of the 165-meter link, which has been named after 1857 freedom heroes Nilamber and Pitamber, was laid this February.
In his address, Munda argued that the bridge would not only improve road connectivity between Garhwa and Palamau districts, but would also play a vital role in linking Ranchi with different cities of Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh via Garhwa.
“The bridge was completed within 100 days. This shows our seriousness to work for development. Now it is the Centre’s responsibility to approve repairs or strengthening and widening of the highway — NH-75. The groundwork for repair of different roads in Garhwa town is on,” he added.
The chief minister also asked the Palamau divisional commissioner to monitor the progress of different road projects, including rural roads, every week. He stressed on e-bidding and proper management of the information system to usher in more transparency.
Munda also presided over the board of directors’ meeting of Jharkhand Infrastructure Development Corporation (JIDCO) today, where he directed senior officials to select a panel of architects and carefully visualise future projects.
On JIDCO, Munda (he is the chairman of the board of directors) said it was a state-owned firm registered under Companies Act, whose credibility in the open market ought to be strengthened. He also mooted the idea that its employees might be given performance-based incentives.
“In the changed global economic scenario, efficient time and risk management ought to be given top priority. We also need to keep an eye on net output of individual employees. Requisite workforce may be engaged on contract basis. Necessary steps ought to be initiated on this front within 15 days. If the need arises, go for campus selections,” he said.