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Kerala state PWD has initiated a number of steps to attract private investment in the sector and to instil confidence in investors.

Proactive steps taken by the Kerala PWD:

  • Established a State-level Empowered Committee, headed by Principal Secretary-PWD, to oversee implementation of projects.
  • A multi-disciplinary project management team has also been constituted within the PWD.
  • Completed a comprehensive Institutional Development Study and prepared an Institutional Strengthening Action Plan (ISAP). The ISAP recommendations are being implemented in a time-bound manner.
  • Constituted four dedicated working groups and a committee of Chief Engineers, from within the organization, to fine-tune and expedite the ISAP implementation.
  • A draft Road Development Policy for Kerala has been formulated and deliberations are on to finalise the policy.
  • The Kerala Tolls Act (1983) was studied with a view to facilitating greater private sector participation in the road sector.
  • The Kerala Road Fund Act was enacted in November 2001, establishing the Kerala Road Fund administered by a Road Board.
  • The GoK drafted a Medium-Term Fiscal Plan (MTFP) for fund requirements and financing sources of road sector projects. The MTFP includes
    • adequate and timely counterpart project funding,
    • increasing road maintenance allocations to meet prescribed norms in the second year of the project; and
    • progressive clearing of pending bills to contractors and reduction in payables position to within 4 months of expenditure, within the next two years.
  • The Roads and Bridges Development Corporation of Kerala (RBDCK) was created to promote private investment in the road sector and improve road infrastructure efficiency by corporatising some traditional PWD functions.
  • Enacted the Kerala Highway Protection Act (1999) in order to protect highway corridors from encroachments, regulate ribbon developments and prevent undesirable land use practices;
  • GoK recently completed one major bridge project on a BOT basis. Other BOT schemes to build NH bypasses will begin soon.
  • Several key road sector studies, such as, Core Road Network Study to identify road and bridge projects amenable for private financing, a study on road maintenance planning, and several road safety studies, have been completed.
  • The Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) Policy Framework has been approved and ratified. Besides this the Sectoral Environmental Assessment (SEA), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Management Plans (EMP) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) have been completed and made available to the World Bank's Public Information Center and in project districts for public review and comments.
  • An international road safety specialist was appointed to train PWD staff to analyse accident sites, assist them in improving black spots, and help the PWD to develop a road safety strategic action plan. A Road Safety Action Plan has been drawn up.
  • Computerisation of PWD is being done in a phased manner. Project Financial Management System (PFMS) has been developed in the project office and adapting this facility into PWD offices has commenced.