Inspect bridges over 50 years old, close traffic if found unsafe: Yogi

Lucknow,  ( | Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said that over the past seven years, the state has witnessed exceptional growth in its road network and since 2017, the highway has expanded from 7,002 km to 10,214 km and rural roads have increased from 1,87,517 km to 1,93,581 km.

While reviewing the updated status of various projects of the Public Works Department, emphasising the importance of ensuring timeliness and quality in construction works, the CM said, “Similarly, the network of major district roads and other district roads has also expanded. Today, on average, 9 km of roads are being widened or strengthened every day in the state and about 11 km of new roads are being built in the villages every day.”

He said, “Given the crucial role of connectivity in fostering development, this pace of road construction sets a new benchmark, prompting further efforts to enhance it.”

Yogi said that all bridges in the state that have reached the age of 50 years must undergo a thorough inspection. “This inspection should meticulously examine the condition of their superstructure, pier and blockage in the waterway of the bridges, scour holes on the side of the pier and the abutment slope and boulders of the bridge. If any bridge is found to be unsafe during inspection, it should be promptly closed to traffic. Local district administrations must be informed accordingly,” he said.

He said that before the upcoming Kanwar Yatra, the roads connected to it in the districts should be made 100 percent pothole-free. “This task should be accomplished by July 15. Measures should be taken to ensure adequate drainage at locations prone to water logging,” he said.

The CM said that the commitment to provide two-lane road connectivity to block headquarters must be met within the designated time frame. “It is commendable that construction has been finished on 143 out of 165 roads. Efforts should be accelerated to complete the remaining projects promptly.

He directed to accelerate the construction of grand gates on roads situated along interstate and international borders of the state. “Coordinate with local authorities promptly in cases where land availability is an issue. These gates should be constructed directly on the borders, designed attractively with adequate lighting provisions,” he said.

Yogi said that it is commendable that UP PWD was the first to use FDR construction technology in the country. “In the Unnao district, FDR work was done by recycling the old road and providing a cemented base and in Kanpur Dehat, construction work was done by using additives. This was a good experiment. Our effort should be that half of the total other district roads should be built with this technology. Adopt innovations,” he said.

He said that keeping in view the increase in the current PCU on the road every year, the standards of widening of various categories of roads in the state should be further improved. “Wider roads will enhance traffic convenience. Immediate repairs should be conducted if erosion occurs on newly constructed roads due to rain,” he said.

The CM said that whether it’s road and bridge projects or other constructions benefiting the public, their significance must be evaluated before approval. “Balance is most important in development. First, examine the need, decide the priority, and then approve the construction of a road or bridge on the basis of merit. It’s crucial that all 75 districts benefit from development initiatives,” he said.

He said that it is commendable that in the past 7 years, the State Bridge Corporation has successfully completed 395 projects of public interest, including 270 river bridges, 115 railway overbridges (ROBs) and 10 flyovers. “Experts should be deployed in the Bridge Corporation, Public Works Department and Rajkiya Nirman Nigam. There should be no shortage of human resources anywhere. Emphasise capacity building and foster collaborations with institutions like IITs,” he said.

Yogi said that ensuring timeliness and maintaining high quality in every project is mandatory. “This includes finalising the detailed project report (DPR) and strictly adhering to the scheduled start and completion dates of the work,” he said. (UNI)