Minister exhorts engineers for accuracy in road assessment

IMPHAL, 10th Oct: Works minister Thongam Biswajit has asked engineers and officials of PWD for accuracy in data collection in assessment of road projects taken up by the department.
The minister was attending an orientation programme on ‘Data Collection for Road Asset Inventory Assessment of Pavement Condition and Roughness Data’ at the conference hall, PWD office here on Thursday. Speaking as the chief guest, Biswajit stressed the need for maintaining accuracy in data collection process stating that it will be of immense help during the calculation of estimation of projects in future. “We need technology to enter the race of development.
The world is moving so fast and we cannot enter the race without science and technology,” he said.
Politicians alone cannot bring changes in the state. Everyone should understand their own responsibilities. Life without responsibility is meaningless and one should think of his individual contribution towards building the society, he maintained. Too much negative criticism on social media is unwarranted and uncalled for.
Though criticism should always be there, but it should be constructive criticism and the government welcomes all positive ideas, he said. He further said that the construction of the footbridge which will minimise traffic congestion is an achievement of the department. He then urged all to work harder to gain more trust from the public, and the young engineers to come up with more innovative ideas to steer the state towards development.
Biswajit also said that authorities concerned should introduce performance based incentives to encourage the department officials.
He asked the engineers and officials of the department to highlight their grievances if they have any to him. One cannot find any solutions, if they do not highlight their problems and grievances to each other.
The minister also welcomed representatives of LEA Associates South Asia Pvt Ltd during the programme. In his brief speech, chief engineer Kh Temba said the state has seen a lot of development over the decades in terms of infrastructure; however roads with smooth riding quality is still a major question. As such, the department should improve its performance in proportion to the public expectations, he added.
Superintending Engineer Y Joykumar said that LEA Associates South Asia Pvt Ltd was selected and nominated as a consultant for data acquisition process. The orientation programme was organised to sensitise all the division level engineers so that they can guide the consultant properly.
Additional chief secretary (works) Dr Suhel Akhtar attended the programme as guest of honour. Engineers and other staff of the department also attended the function. A technical session was also held as part of the orientation programme.

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