Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for road transport and highways, has warned consultants that are involved in preparing project reports and supervising highway projects of major penal action in case of any structural issues or road accidents.
Gadkari made these statements at a meeting that he chaired. The interaction was with more than two dozen consultancy firms. The discussion was held to cover several concerns which included poor quality of DPRs and poor monitoring of works during construction and maintenance phases. The minister spoke of how poor quality DPRs are responsible for accidents, alignment, landslides, bridge collapse and flooding of roads.
According to a source, the Union minister lashed out at consultants for employing delaying tactics and he said that they will be held accountable for their actions. He also said that this wasn't entirely the fault of the consultancy engineers but also of the government on account of delays in getting forest clearance, land acquisition and other statutory approvals.
minister said that, while preparing DPRs the consultants must visit sites
rather than depending more on online maps. He flagged how no ground survey has
impacted the projects and several cases additional works had to be approved
after completion of projects. He added, poor quality DPRs result in delay in
completing projects as well.