Roads min asked to align goals with resources

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 30 2010, 04:57am hrs
Concerned over the practice of drawing over-ambitious road construction programmes by the ministry of transport, the Planning Commission on Thursday advised it to set achievable targets in sync with available resources.

We enthusiastically support such proactive action of the ministry of road transport and we are very happy that they are working on this...but there should be a co-relationship between the targets, the performance and the resources available, Commission member BK Chaturvedi said.

Chaturvedi, who also heads a committee appointed by the Prime Minister for addressing procedural impediments delaying road construction programme, besides addressing financing needs, said the ministry could fix achievable targets and slightly more. He said the approach of the ministry and the commission is to maximise the construction of the roads.

Asked about the differences surfacing over the targets and achievements between the Commission and the ministry, he, however termed the same as routine procedure.

Whenever these assessments take place there is always a hiatus between the administrative ministry and the Planning Commission....and the ministry says that things have changed dramatically...quite often this is the position, there is nothing new, he said.

Terming road transport ministrys work plans for awarding projects to construct 32,936 km of roads by March 2012 as unrealisable the commission had suggested reducing the target to 19,250 km.

The Commission had also suggested earlier that as far as the ministry's targets to award 11,092 km in 2010-11 and 9,192 km in 2011-12 are concerned, it should be curtailed to 7,000 km and 8,000 km, respectively.