Varanasi: Affirming state government commitment to historical city’s development, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said that detailed project report on metro rail project would be ready within six months and announced that Mohansarai-Cantonment railway station road would soon be converted into five-lane.
During his two-day visit, Ranjan instructed district officials to complete all projects on time and suspended two PWD engineers for laxity in road construction works.
Before returning to state capital, Ranjan on Saturday morning took a boat ride to take stock of ghats. Earlier, during Friday evening’s meeting with public representatives, including MLAs, the chief secretary was informed about the threat posed to ghats along Ganga by the tortoise sanctuary. The officer not only assured of early solution to the problem but also hinted that Varuna corridor project too would get a nod soon.
Local industrialists were told that Ramnagar industrial estate would be upgraded into a model industrial zone. Ranjan also hinted at setting up more industrial estates in the district and said that government was planning to ensure 24-hour uninterrupted power supply in city area and 16-hour supply in rural belt of Varanasi.
Reviewing the progress of repair works of road cut to lay pipelines under various projects, Ranjan found two PWD engineers, including an executive engineer of national highway division, guilty of laxity and financial bungling. He ordered their immediate suspension. The senior officer asked Varanasi Development Authority to complete Transport Nagar project, lingering for the past 15 years at the earliest, and fixed deadline for completion of trauma center at DDU district hospital. The chief secretary made it clear that Karsada plant of solid waste management would not remain non-functional.
High drama was also witnessed during chief secretary’s meeting following a heated argument between UP minister of state for PWD and irrigation Surendra Patel and mayor Ram Gopal Mohaley over delay in construction of roads like Babatpur-Bhadohi.