Pothashang News Service : Imphal, February 26, 2018: Works minister Thongam Biswajit Singh, today urged the state public works department should engage some officials as media coordinators to provide technical clarifications to the media and improve communications between the department and the general public.
Biswajit was at the inaugural of 2-day workshop on Quality Control in Road Construction and Preparation of DPR for Roads and Bridges at the Hotel Classic, Imphal.
He said lack of communication between the department and the general public has only negatively impacted the relation. The media coordinators will help in not only improving communication with the general public but also provide technical clarifications to the media.
He said site engineers, contractors and labourers have major responsibilities in controlling quality of road constructions. Construction material and proper preparation of departmental progress report are also required for quality control, he added.
Any conflict between the engineers and contractors will affect quality control, he said.
The minister also spoke about complaints regarding road construction raised through the social media and published by the local media. He said that it is the duty of the media to publish complaints.
Biswajit expressed the need to acquire new equipment and machinery for road construction for the department and to install Hot mix plants in all districts. Proper survey is also required to maintain quality in road construction, he added.
The minister also sought support from the elected representatives in checking the progress and quality control of the developmental works undertaken in their respective constituencies.