Panels set up to kick-start stalled road projects in Maharashtra

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To expedite stalled road projects across Maharashtra, the state government has constituted 10-member committees of officers from various departments, including forest, in every division of the state. Ulhas Debadwar, principal secretary (PWD) informed that the regional sub-committees will address project-specific issues regarding national highways and Central government-funded projects in different divisions. It will aim to resolve various generic issues that would speed up completion of the approved highway projects. The sub-committee will consist of divisional commissioner (chairman) and superintending engineer (national highway) as member-secretary. Other members include chief engineer, chief general manager, regional officer, MoRTH, Navi Mumbai, chief engineer of MSRDC, chief engineer (electrical), chief engineer (water supply), chief engineer of MSSRDCL and forest officer. The committee shall review the generic issues common to all national highway works by conducting quarterly meetings on issues like land acquisition, tree cutting permissions, forest land approvals, shifting of electric and water supply and sewerage pipelines, delayed projects, required cash flow from the MoRTH, approvals of new highway projects and projects under the CRF scheme. They will also coordinate and expedite approvals by various state departments like revenue, forest, urban development and energy.

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