New Delhi: Aggrieved with the performance of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the entity will now be given work after the government complete its performance audit.
"Yes, there are difficulties but BRO was given the task considering they would perform under difficult situations. I am not satisfied with their performance and therefore I have asked the (Road Transport) secretary to undertake their performance audit and after that we will give them work," Gadkari told reporters here.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has also taken the highway construction projects in Chhattisgarh from BRO, which have now been handed over to the state government.
"The state government has been asked to deploy local contractors for constructing smaller patches of land especially in the Naxal affected areas," he said.
Gadkari added that the central government has asked all the states to encourage local contractors for work within the region.
The Minister said he has written to several state governments, including West Bengal and Chhattisgarh, seeking their co-operation in highway construction.
The Minister undertook a state-wise review of the national highways projects, analysed targets and achievements of these projects and underscored the need for effective black spot (death traps) management to ensure road safety.
He also called for regular monitoring of the progress in all prominent highway projects including Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi-Dehradun, Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Punjab, and highways in Uttar Pradesh, J&K, Haryana, Himachal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu.