PWD to start in-house designing of bridges, says Naeem Akhtar

Asks Deptt to optimally utilize services of talented engineers

Jammu: Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar stressed upon the engineers of the department to start in-house designing of the bridges to save time and completing the projects within the fixed timelines.

The Minister was speaking during a meeting with the offices of the department here in Jammu.

Commissioner Secretary Public Works (R&B) Sanjeev Verma, Chief Engineer, PWD (R&B) Jammu Sudheer Shah, Chief Engineer, PWD (R&B) Kashmir Sheikh Hamid and other engineers of the department were present in the meeting.

“The department should optimally utilize the services of its talented engineers in the field of designing,” the Minister said, adding, this will save time and decrease the dependency of the department on other agencies for getting their projects designed.

Stressing on best possible resource management in the department, the Minister directed for establishment of Technical Cell for enhancing technical expertise and making the process of designing hassle-free.

He asked the Chief Engineer to organize workshops and refresher courses on regular basis for the talented engineers of the department. These engineers should be provided training in Design, Inspection and Quality Control (DIQC) Department in Jammu, besides sending them to Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) for taking advanced guidance in the field of building science and technology, he added.

The Minister directed the department to focus on general issues related to road maintenance on daily basis and chalk out a plan to engaging unemployed engineers through Self Help Groups for day-to-day maintenance of roads and other related works.

He asked the department to make efforts for establishment of mobile hot mix plants in the far-flung areas to speed up the road construction works and providing vital road connectivity to the needy people.

In the meeting, the recruitment rules and staff position in various divisions of the department was also discussed. The Minister directed for referring the vacancies to the suitable recruitment agencies to fill them at the earliest.

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