Classification of Urban Roads by Govt. of Odisha
Few days back, there was debate in media centring around wild allegation that the State Govt. is going to change name of State Highways to urban roads in order to help owner of liquor shops who have been debarred from running their shops within 500 meters away from State Highway or national highways.
Following it, RTI Application was filed to the PIO, Dept. of Works, Govt. of Odisha seeking information about the decisions taken in this regard including copy of the file noting. On 11.5.16, the PIO has supplied the following information.
A. On 12.4.17, the Works Department, Govt. Odisha has issued notification no. 5200/W/ROADS/ under the head “ Classification of Urban Roads under Works Department” that Govt. has been pleased to classify all road sections of Works Department falling within the limits of Municipal corporation, Municipality, NAC, Sub-Divisional headquarters, Block H.Q. & Tahasil Head Quarters as “Urban Roads”. The road shall be improved taking all urban characteristics into account under state plan for improvement of roads.
This notification does not cover National Highways passing through urban roads.
B. From the file noting it was found that Chief Engineer, DPI&R vide his letter dated 9.1.16 218/WORKS/2017-Page-1 has given the following suggestions for improvement and maintenance of the Urban roads by the Works Department in a holistic manner.
i) All roads of Works Department falling within the urban limits like NAC/ Municipal corporation/ Municipality including Sub-Divisional headquarters, Block H.Q. & Tahasil Head Quarters irrespective of present nomenclature, may be declared as “URBAN Roads”. If a part of ODR/MDR/SH falls under the urban limits, then the same stretched be delinked from its original classification and be renamed as an URBAN Road with appropriate nomenclature.
ii) Dedicated fund provision may be made in the budget for improvement and maintenance of these URBAN Roads.
This file was presented for taking Govt. approval to declare all stretches of roads falling in Urban areas either independently or as part of ODRs/MGRs/SHs and maintained in the books of PWD as URBAN Roads.
This suggestion was approved by Chief Minister on 12.1.2017.
On 12.2.17, it was ordered that Chief Engineer, DPI&R to be requested to submit the list of roads to Government for issue of notification.