Quality Control & Design
Three tier set up for quality
management has been adopted in the state as per the NRRDA guidelines for the
effective and efficient monitoring of the various works being executed under
PMGSY and World Bank aided projects. Two tier setup is being followed for other
works viz., NABARD, CRF, STATE & NH etc.
1) First Tier: - It includes the supervision of works by the
field Engineers up to the level of Zonal Chief Engineers. The Superintending
Engineer Office of field circle has been designated as Project Implementations
Unit (PIU) in our State. Chief Engineers are responsible for the proper
functioning of EEs under their control.
Before starting the execution of the work, the contractor has to establish a
site Material Testing Lab. for conducting the mandatory tests. Reports of the
tests conducted at the site of the work are entered in the quality control
register Part-1 by the field Engineers. The percentage of tests to be conducted
in the presence of J.E.s, A.E.s and E.E.s should be 50%, 20% & 5% respectively
as per NRRDA requirement and a certificate to this effect is recorded and a
quarterly report in this respect is sent to NRRDA New Delhi .Quality Control
Register Part-2 is the record of tests conducted as well as ‘No Conformance
Reports’ (NCRs) and it will be maintained by the Assistant Engineers.
The Executive Engineers will verify the NCRs
issued by the A.E.s and ensure that the contractors take the corrective actions
promptly on these reports. The payment of the contractors is regulated on the
basis of Quality Control Reports.
In addition to the above, the Engineers of the
Quality Control Wing also inspect the works regularity and the inspection
reports are sent to field offices for taking corrective measures.
The function of 2nd tier independent Quality Management is to improve
the quality and effectiveness of the Quality enforcement process. The Govt. has
appointed 19 No. State Quality Monitors of the rank of Chief Engineers/
Superintending Engineers (Retd), generally one for each Circle. While submitting
inspection reports on the prescribed Performa, the State Quality Monitors also
furnish the results of quality control tests got conducted at the site in their
presence. The status of inspection reports as well as grading of works on the
basis of SQMs inspection reports is further sent to SRRDA/Govt. as well as to
NRRDA, New Delhi. In addition to above, the State Govt. has notified the S.E.s
(Design) and S.E.s (Works) of the Deptt. as departmental State Quality Monitors.
The field staff through PIUs is required to
remove the defects/shortcomings pointed out by the SQMs/NQMs and get these
verified at the site during the subsequent visits of the SQMs/NQMs and then to
submit the ATRs to the Q.C.Wing. The detail of the ATRs is submitted to NRRDA
New Delhi by Q.C.Wing for grade improvement of the unsatisfactory works to
National Rural Road Development Agency (NRRDA) has further appointed National
Quality Monitors for ensuring the Quality Assurance in PMGSY works. On the basis
of the inspections and grading of the works by the NQMs, requisite necessary
corrective measures are taken by the PIUs and Action Taken Reports are submitted
by the PIUs/Division/Zonal offices to NRRDA through E-in-C (QC&D).
Further, on the basis of inspection reports of
the officers of the Q.C.Wing, SQMs and NQMs; some common deficiencies observed
are sent to zonal offices for arranging the immediate corrective action & the
Head Office, Quality Control Wing meticulously
scrutinizes the inspection reports of SQMs and NQMs and sends the monthly return
to SRRDA/NRRDA with copies to zonal offices for immediate compliance and
The Quality Control Wing itself has started
inspecting all the ongoing works (Roads & Bridges) vigorously and frequently to
ensure the fulfillment the Quality Assurance requirements. E-in-C (QC&D) as well
as S.E.(QC&D) inspect the works randomly in all the zones, whereas the E.E.s(QC&D)
posted in all the zones conduct the inspections in their respective zones for
which inspection programme is sent to them monthly.
By the office of E-in-C (QC&D). The inspection
reports of Q.C.&D. wing are sent to field staff through zonal offices in order
to rectify the defects and thus improve the quality of ongoing works.
This wing has also published a pocket size
‘Quality Control Handbook’ containing the specifications, tables &
requisite necessary data needed for the execution of the road construction works
and the same has been issued to all the field Engineers up to the rank of Junior
Engineer. Concerted efforts are being made to ensure the Quality Assurance
Programme in the state.