Industrial and other commercial units will invite strict action if found guilty of damaging roads by releasing waste water on roads, highways and other roads.
According to Public Works Department (PWD) officials, they would book industrial units under section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) Act, 1984. Under the Act, there is a provision of imprisonment from six months to five years and a penalty.
Chief engineer (roads), PWD, GL Rao said, “The officers across the state have been directed to prepare a list of those industries, which are near to highways and roads and discharge their waste water on roads. They would first serve a notice to such commercial and industrial units. Even after receiving the notice, if they continue to release waste water on the roads, they will be booked under the PDPP Act.”
“It is generally seen that most of the industrial units release their waste water on roads that damage roads besides creating inconvenience to commuters. The effects of waste water are worse than heavy rains. After the monsoon season, government agencies repair roads. After these units release chemical-mixed waste water, the roads get damaged,” he added.
Rao said that 1.32 lakh kilometre roads across the state fall under the jurisdiction of PWD. This season, around 35,000 kms of roads has been damaged. To repair the damages, around Rs250 crore would be sanctioned. However, out of 35,000 kms of the damaged roads, 25,000 kms road length falls in the defect liability period and the contractors would repair this length without taking any money.
The PWD official further said, “The farmers, whose fields are along the highways, divert water towards roads. We would take action against them as well.”
The maximum road has been damaged in Kota zone.
The official said this year the state received more rains than previous years. It is also one of the reasons that the length of dented roads has increased in the state.