Deadline 2019: Monthly targets for zones from Railways Board
With general elections just a year away, the railways has set monthly targets for the completion of its major projects with an aim to finish work in time for the country to go to polls in 2019. In fact, section-wise deadlines were set for completion in 2018-2019 for the projects to link the northeast to the main rail network were set. Here's more.
Tendency to keep work for the last-quarter to be avoided
In a letter sent to all 16 zones, Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani set such targets for zonal railways for timely commissioning of new lines, gauge conversion, and doubling projects announced in the budget this year.
Projects were the government's programs with a 2020 deadline
While the Bogibeel project in Dibrugarh, Assam, was assigned a completion target of June 2018, in the Jiribam-Imphal line, the Vangaichungpao-Kaimai-Kambiron section was set a deadline of February 2019. In the (Deemapur) Dhansiri - Kohima (Zubza) line in Nagaland, a section, Dhansiri-Sulhovi, was earmarked for completion by March 2019. The projects were the Narendra Modi-led government's programme with a 2020 deadline.
All zonal railways must set up monitoring system, says Lohani
Needless to say, timely commissioning of projects calls for meticulous planning in respect of preparatory works like approval of plans, arrangement of materials, fixing of executing agencies, Lohani said in the letter. All zonal railways must set up a system through which finalization of projects and other inputs required to achieve the targets are reviewed/monitored at the level of additional general managers, he said.