Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao minced no words on Monday as he came down heavily on officials for laxity in repair and maintenance of roads across the State, warning them of stringent action if any potholes were found in Telangana after June 1.

Reviewing the functioning of the Roads and Buildings Department at Pragati Bhavan here, the Chief Minister set a deadline of one month for officials to fill up all potholes. He would undertake a Statewide tour after June 1 and that stringent action including suspension would be taken against officials concerned if any potholes were found, he said.
It was a matter of regret and quite painful that despite funds being allocated for laying new roads and repairing existing ones, there were still roads that were damaged. Such laxity on part of officials would not tolerated, he said.

“We have released funds for development of roads in the State. Such a quantum was never released in the

history. We have impressed upon the Centre and got several National Highways sanctioned. We have also given funds for laying of new roads and repairing existing ones. Yet we have pothole-ridden roads, which are causing accidents,” the CM said, pointing out that when he recently travelled by road from Warangal to Palakurthi, he found several potholes.

“I have told officials in the past to fill-up those potholes whenever the need arises. But officials have not taken up this seriously. This not a good method and I am giving one month’s time. Fill up all the potholes by May end. After this, if I find any pothole I will suspend the official concerned then and there,” the CM said.

R&B Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao, MP K Keshav Rao, Chief Secretary SP Singh, Principal Secretaries S Narsing Rao, Sunil Sharma, Ramakrishna, Engineers-in-Chief Ganapati Reddy, Ravinder Rao and others were present in the meeting.

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