Thiruvananthapuram: In a major move to speed up the repair of damaged roads, the Public Works Department in the state has introduced a 'running contract' that ensures immediate action to fill potholes on roads within 24 hours.
The running contract will be granted for one year or less and aims to dismiss the need for separate estimates and tenders for each repair.
The contract is granted for those roads which have the maintenance period expired. A new contractor or an existing person can sign the new contract for the same. If not repaired within 24 hours, the contractor will have to pay a penalty.
If the contractor violates the terms, 10 per cent of the cost should be levied from the total expense. Further, the contract will be terminated if the contractor violates the terms more than 10 times.
The contractors will start signing the contract on issued tenders from Friday onwards.
Rs 137.41 crore was sanctioned for the first phase of the project. 2481.5 km of roads will be maintained under 117 projects in the first phase.
Earlier, the file submitted by the PWD to the Finance Department stated that the work should start within six hours. Since this was not practical, this time frame was dropped.
- Work should start within 24 hours after receiving notification that a road needs repair. If not, officials have the freedom to make repairs through other agencies. The contractor will also have to pay a fine.
- Both day and night hours would be calculated in the 24 hours granted for the repair.
- The contractor should also repair damages caused by the Water Authority or other private agencies. In such situations, the road should be repaired only if the damage is more than 2.5 sq meters.
- If the roads get damaged within six months after its repair, the contractor is indebted to repair at his/her own expense, even after the expiry of the contract.