Long-term policy for Bihar roads: Nitish

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday asked the officials of the state road construction and rural works departments to evolve a long-term policy for the upkeep of roads in Bihar during all seasons.

Reviewing the performance of the two departments at a high-level meeting here, Kumar said "it is necessary that we should have a long-term policy for maintenance of the roads in Bihar".

The meeting was attended, among others, by state Road Construction minister N K Yadav and Rural Works department minister Bhim Singh, besides Chief Secretary Navin Kumar, Development Commissioner A K Sinha and Finance Secretary Rameshwar Singh.

Earlier, he stressed the need for making micro management schemes for maintaining transparency in the functioning of the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB).

Reviewing the performance of the board, the Chief Minister said "we have to ensure proper supply of electricity to ease the problems facing the customers,".

"It has become necessary to have micro management and micro governance schemes for maintaining transparency in the function of the board", he said.

Kumar reiterated that the board officials should ensure replacement of transformers within 72 hours of receiving complaints and ensuring electricity in urban areas round-the-clock.

He also laid emphasis on issuing correct energy bills and replacement of wires wherever required on a priority basis.

Kumar asked the chairman of the board P K Rai to ensure registration of consumers at the earliest possible for providing connections.

State Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav was also present.