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THE CENTRAL ROAD FUND (STATE ROADS) RULES, 2007 1

THE CENTRAL ROAD FUND (STATE ROADS) RULES, 2007
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1. Short title and commencement. —(1) These rules may be called the Central Road
Fund (State Roads) Rules, 2007.
(2) They shall come into force on the date
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of their publication in the Official Gazette.
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1.Vide G.S.R. 475(E), dated 10th July, 2007, published in the Gazette of India, Extra., Pt.
II, Sec. 3(i), dated 10th July, 2007.
2. Came into force on 10-7-2007.
2. Definitions. —In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,—
(a) “Act” means the Central Road Fund Act, 2000 (54 of 2000);
(b) “executive agency” means—
(i) in the case of a Union territory, the Administrator thereof to whom the functions of the
Central Government in relation to the execution of works pertaining to national highways
are delegated under Article 239 of the Constitution; and
(ii) in any other case, the State Government to which such functions are delegated under
section 5 of the National Highways Act, 1956 (48 of 1956);
(c) “scheme” means the scheme for development of State roads including roads of interState connectivity and economic importance and includes the schemes relating to
development of State roads sanctioned under the Central Road Fund by the Resolution
governing the Central Road Fund as passed by the Houses of Parliament, dated the 13th
May, 1988;
(d) words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Act shall have
the same meanings respectively assigned to them in the Act.
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1.Vide G.S.R. 475(E), dated 10th July, 2007, published in the Gazette of India, Extra., Pt.
II, Sec. 3(i), dated 10th July, 2007.
.  3. Disbursement of Fund in respect of projects, schemes and activities. —Subject to
the provisions specified under section 7 of the Act, the Fund shall be disbursed for
projects, schemes or activities relating to the construction and development of State roads
including roads of inter-State connectivity and of economic importance but excluding the
rural roads and to be identified in accordance with the rule 4 of these rules.
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1.Vide G.S.R. 475(E), dated 10th July, 2007, published in the Gazette of India, Extra., Pt.
II, Sec. 3(i), dated 10th July, 2007.  

4. Procedure for identification and prioritisation. —(1) The Central Government shall
identify the projects, schemes or activities for release of Funds in consultation with the
State Governments or the Union territory Administrations, as the case may be.
(2) If, all the projects, schemes or activities so identified cannot be sanctioned due to
shortage of resources in the Fund, the Central Government shall prioritise the projects,
schemes or activities for release of Fund in consultation with the State Governments or
Union territory Administrations, as the case may be.
(3) The State Governments or the Union territory Administrations, as the case may be,
shall furnish necessary details as per rule 5 and rule 6 of the projects, schemes or
activities to the Central Government to facilitate identification and prioritization of the
schemes.
(4) The State Governments or the Union territory Administrations, while furnishing the
details relating to projects, schemes or activities to the Central Government, shall observe
the procedure as prescribed under rule 5 and rule 6 of these rules.
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1.Vide G.S.R. 475(E), dated 10th July, 2007, published in the Gazette of India, Extra., Pt.
II, Sec. 3(i), dated 10th July, 2007.  

5. Approval of schemes under State roads. —(1) The approval of schemes relating to
State roads shall be done in the following manner, namely:—
(a) for utilisation of Fund, priority may be assigned to already sanctioned projects under
the scheme and the accruals shall be utilised for new works to be sanctioned as specified
in sub-rule (2); (b) all State roads including State highways, major district roads and other roads of
importance excluding rural roads.
(2) The types of works to be considered in this scheme shall comprise—
(i) construction of missing bridges, cross drainage works, rehabilitation of bridges,
widening of two-lanes, strengthening of weak pavement sections;
(ii) engineering aspects of road safety works covering improvement of traffic junctions,
road marking, signaling, construction of subways and over-bridges, construction of
parking lay-byes, bus sheds and the like;
(iii) construction of bypasses, parallel service roads along national highways or State
highways, in built up areas in exceptional cases; and
(iv) development of connecting roads to national highways from rural roads as well as to
tourist important places.
(3) The proposals shall cover sufficient length of road and shall generally be covering at
least ten kilometers length, unless the requirement for connecting two places is less than
ten kilometers in so far as works mentioned in sub-rule (2) are concerned, and shall
include only those works where land is available without any encumbrance.
(4) The executive agency shall make available the Central Government a list of projects
to be taken up which shall be shown on the State road map indicating district boundaries,
national highways, State highways, major district roads, rural roads or other types of
roads in different colours, in addition to the roads already approved under the Fund.
(5) The projects shall be selected with a view to have a balanced development of the road
network in the entire State or the Union territory, as the case may be, and the proposals
shall include the following particulars, namely:—
(i) name of the work and district(s);
(ii) index map showing the area and the proposed road or bridge or improvement works;
(iii) category of the road proposed to be improved whether the State highway or major
district road or otherwise;
(iv) scope of the work including the specifications to be adopted in brief;
(v) length;
(vi) estimated cost of the project based on the actual requirement and realistic cost
estimate;  (vii) probable starting date;
(viii) target date of completion;
(ix) a certificate regarding availability of the entire unencumbered land needed for the
project.
(6) The estimates for land acquisition shall not be considered under the Fund.
(7) The standards, design and specification of the works to be proposed shall follow the
relevant guidelines, codes, Indian Road Congress specifications as directed by the Central
Government and the period of completion of projects shall not exceed twenty-four
months including period for tendering of projects.
(8) The Central Government shall accord administrative approval for the proposals as
mentioned in sub-rule (4) and sub-rule (5) above and the technical approval and financial
sanction of the proposals shall be accorded by the executive agency.
(9) No excess cost beyond ten per cent. of the amount administratively approved for the
proposal shall be permissible and the excess, if any, over and above ten per cent. shall be
arranged by the executive agency from their own resources.
(10) No revised estimate will be considered by the Central Government.
(11) The estimate for each work shall include provisions for contingencies at the rate of
3%, quality control at the rate of 1% and workcharged establishment at the rate of 1.5%
subject to the condition that out of these provisions, funds to the extant of 3% of the cost
of the work shall be placed at the disposal of the regional officer appointed by the Central
Government or any other officer authorised for the State or Union territory for incurring
expenditure on hiring manpower and execution of quality control of the works.
(12) No agency charges shall be payable for the execution of works under the scheme.
(13) Maintenance and upkeep of the projects after completion shall be the responsibility
of the executive agency.
(14) The executive agency shall ensure that an individual project is technically approved,
financially sanctioned and awarded within a period of four months from the date of
administrative approval of work, failing which the work shall deemed to have been
desanctioned.
(15) The sanctioned works shall be completed within the time schedule as submitted
along with the particulars referred to in sub-rule (5).
(16) The accounts of the Fund shall be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor-General
of India , in such manner and at such intervals, as may be specified by him.  (17) The executive agency shall furnish the utilisation certificate in Form I duly verified
by the regional officer appointed by the Central Government for the State or the Union
territory along with the quarterly progress report based on which further instalment of
Funds shall be released to the extent of expenditure incurred and the physical progress of
the work:
Provided that, the total amount so released during any financial year shall not exceed the
amount accrued to the State or Union territory during that financial year and the amount
which has not been released from accruals of the previous years.
(18) The total cost of the schemes to be approved shall be limited to the bank of
sanctions which shall not normally exceed, at any point of time, two times the annual
accrual for the year in which the schemes are sanctioned in respect of any State or Union
territory.
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1.Vide G.S.R. 475(E), dated 10th July, 2007, published in the Gazette of India, Extra., Pt.
II, Sec. 3(i), dated 10th July, 2007.  

6. Release of funds for State roads. —(1) One-third of the accrual for the current year
for each State or Union territory shall be placed at the disposal of the concerned State or
Union territory for utilization against the sanctioned works and the said amount shall be
maintained as a reserve by replenishing the expenditure from subsequent releases:
Provided that the subsequent instalments shall be released on the basis of the progress of
works and actual expenditure subject to the condition that the total amount released for
any State or Union territory during the year shall not exceed the total accrual for that year
in respect of that State or Union territory and the amount which has not been released
from accruals of previous years.
(2) The executive agency shall submit the utilization certificate for the amount released
and shall also submit quarterly progress report and monthly expenditure report annexed
to these rules.
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1.Vide G.S.R. 475(E), dated 10th July, 2007, published in the Gazette of India, Extra., Pt.
II, Sec. 3(i), dated 10th July, 2007.  

7. Manner of sanctioning schemes for construction and development of State roads
including roads of inter-State connectivity and economic importance. —(1) The inter-State roads or bridges at the border on State highway and major district roads
necessary for ensuring thorough communication between two adjacent States shall be
considered as the project of inter-State connectivity and shall be considered on the basis
of the following guidelines, namely:—
(i) the proposed road should facilitate inter-State connectivity between States;
(ii) a bridge project on the border roads may be given priority;
(iii) no improvement work should have been done in last three years on such road;
(iv) the estimated cost of the proposed project shall not normally exceed rupees twentyfive crores unless permitted by the Central Government.
(2) The following projects on State highways and major district roads shall be considered
as the projects of economic importance and shall be considered on the basis of the
following guidelines, namely:—
(i) the proposed road should be either directly connecting to or leading to an important
market centre, economic zone, industrial zone, agricultural region, tourist centre,
religious centre and the like where significant economic activity is being undertaken;
(ii) roads benefiting vulnerable sections of the society, such as, Scheduled Castes,
Scheduled Tribes, ghat roads and roads connecting ecologically sensitive areas;
(iii) roads leading to centre of economic activities, schools and education institutions;
(iv) roads leading to socially important infrastructure, such as, cremation grounds,
bathing ghats, orphanages, old age homes and public utilities;
(v) roads connecting the State highways, the national highways and link roads connecting
the tourist destinations.
(3) The estimate for each work shall include provisions for contingencies at the rate of
3%, quality control at the rate of 1% and workcharged establishment at the rate of 1.5%
subject to the condition that out of these provisions, funds to the extant of 3% of the cost
of the work shall be placed at the disposal of the regional officer appointed by the Central
Government or any other officer authorised for the State or Union territory for incurring
expenditure on hiring manpower and execution of quality control of the works.
(4) Where the improvement work has been done in last three years in respect of any roads
referred in sub-rule (2), such roads are not eligible to be considered for sanctioning of
funds under these rules.
(5) The cost of the proposed project shall not normally exceed rupees twenty crores
unless permitted by the Central Government.  (6) The schemes under State roads of inter-State connectivity and State roads of
economic importance shall be covered to the extent of—
(a) ten per cent. of the allocation for State roads;
(b) roads or bridge projects of inter-State connectivity shall be fully funded from the
Fund;
(c) projects of economic importance shall be funded by the Fund to the extent of fifty per
cent. of the approved project cost.
(7) The executive agency shall, by 30th April of each year, furnish separate lists
containing limited number of road and bridge projects of inter-State connectivity and
economic importance which it would like to sponsor for sanction along with relevant
details and justification.
(8) The executive agency shall not sponsor any proposal involving land acquisition and
shifting of utilities.
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1.Vide G.S.R. 475(E), dated 10th July, 2007, published in the Gazette of India, Extra., Pt.
II, Sec. 3(i), dated 10th July, 2007.  

8. Approval and financing of schemes. —(1) Particulars regarding the projects referred
to in rule 6 shall be examined by the Central Government and the executive agency shall
be informed of the projects identified for sanction under the scheme of State roads of
inter-State connectivity and economic importance.
(2) After selection of the scheme, the executive agency concerned shall submit the
detailed estimates for all the road and bridge projects of either inter-State connectivity
(fully financed) or economic importance (fifty per cent. financed) and thereafter the
Central Government shall accord technical, financial sanction and administrative
approval subject to the condition that the existing procedure and guidelines applicable for
the national highways projects with regard to framing and processing of the estimates
shall be applicable to the projects sanctioned under this scheme.
(3) The executive agency shall render a certificate to the effect that land is available for
road development and is in its possession and removing of utilities, if any, has been
completed.
(4) Permissible limit of excess expenditure beyond sanctioned cost on projects fully
financed under this scheme of inter-State connectivity shall be the same as applicable to
national highway projects.  (5) For the projects sanctioned under economic importance, any excess amount over and
above the sanctioned amount shall be borne by the executive agency from their own
resources.
(6) No expenditure beyond permissible limits for fully financed projects shall be
committed without obtaining the previous approval of the Central Government.
(7) Revision of estimate shall not be permissible under projects of economic importance
category for partially financed works.
(8) The revised estimate for inter-State connectivity projects may be submitted to the
Central Government for consideration, if the cost is likely to exceed beyond the
permissible limits on the sanctioned cost.
(9) The existing instructions or guidelines in respect of tenders (pre-qualification and
acceptance) and revised estimates as applicable to national highway projects shall be
applicable to fully financed projects of roads of inter-State connectivity.
(10) Future upkeep and maintenance of the roads or bridges after completion shall be the
responsibility of the concerned executive agency.
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1.Vide G.S.R. 475(E), dated 10th July, 2007, published in the Gazette of India, Extra., Pt.
II, Sec. 3(i), dated 10th July, 2007.  

9. Release of funds for inter-State connectivity or economic importance works. —(1)
The funds would be released in every financial year in instalments.
(2) (i) the first instalment shall be released on the basis of requirement communicated by
the executive agency and the quantum of that instalment shall be regulated in accordance
with the phasing of expenditure for the first year of the project indicated in the
Government sanction.
(ii) the subsequent instalment shall be released on the basis of the progress of the work
and the actual expenditure and for that purpose, the executive agency shall submit the
physical and financial progress reports to the Central Government in Form I and Form II,
annexed to these rules, duly verified by the regional officer appointed by the Central
Government for the State or Union territory.
(3) The release of funds for fifty per cent. financed works shall be commensurate with the
expenditure proposed to be incurred from the resources of the States or the Union
territories, as the case may be.  (4) In all these cases, the overall availability of budget provision shall be the determining
factor for allocations and the payments would be regulated accordingly. The expenditure
by the concerned executive agency shall be confined to the allocation made for the work
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1.Vide G.S.R. 475(E), dated 10th July, 2007, published in the Gazette of India, Extra., Pt.
II, Sec. 3(i), dated 10th July, 2007.
10. Execution of works. —(1) The executive agency shall, for the implementation of all
the projects sanctioned under the Fund including inter-State connectivity and economic
importance works, observe that—
(a) the design of the road or bridge projects shall be carried out as per the relevant Central
Government codes and guidelines;
(b) for quality control of the works, authorised procedures prescribed by the Central
Government shall be followed;
(c) project monitoring shall be done at regular interval in a methodical manner to avoid
time and cost over run.
(2) The executive agency shall install signs at both ends of the projects displaying the
name of work and other details as per instructions issued by the Central Government
from time to time.
(3) The Central Government or any officer appointed by it as regional officer for the
State or Union territory or any other officer or agency authorised by it shall periodically
inspect the work during the execution and exercise such checks as may be necessary to
ensure observance of the time schedule and proper implementation:
Provided that no person, other than a civil engineer having a minimum qualification of
Diploma in Civil Engineering and possessing a minimum of ten years experience in the
construction and maintenance of roads, bridges or related infrastructure shall be
authorised to inspect the works.
(4) The officer so authorized shall also measures the work to an extant not less than 30%
of the value of the work to ensure execution of the work as per standards and
specifications.
(5) The periodicity, intervals or the procedure for such inspection and exercising of
checks shall be decided by the Central Government. .
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II, Sec. 3(i), dated 10th July, 2007.  11. Progress reports and review. —(1) In the case of State roads other than inter-State
connectivity and economic importance, the executive agency shall submit quarterly
progress report of all the works sanctioned from the Fund for the quarters ending June,
September, December and March every year and such report shall reach the Central
Government within one month from the date of ending of each quarter, and the executive
agency shall send completion report or certificate duly verified by the audit as soon as the
works are completed.
(2) In the case of State roads of inter-State connectivity and economic importance, the
quarterly progress report and the monthly expenditure report shall be submitted to the
Central Government in Form II and Form III with copies endorsed to such other officer
as directed by it by the concerned chief engineer of the executive agency.
(3) The physical progress as well as expenditure shall be reviewed and discussed with
executive agency on quarterly basis by the Central Government.
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1. Vide G.S.R. 475(E), dated 10th July, 2007, published in the Gazette of India, Extra., Pt.
II, Sec. 3(i), dated 10th July, 2007.
FORM I
[See rule 5(18)]
UTILISATION CERTIFICATE
It is to certify that out of an amount of Rs.........crores/lakhs released  by the Ministry of Shipping, Road
Transport and Highways, vide letter No. ....................dated............., an amount of Rs. ........crores/lakhs has
been spent on works sanctioned under the Central Road Fund Scheme. It is further certified that
expenditure has been incurred on sanctioned works only and has not exceeded the sanctioned cost of
individual works.
Deputy Secretary/Joint Secretary/Secretary
Government of..................................................
1.Vide G.S.R. 475(E), dated 10th July, 2007, published in the Gazette of India, Extra., Pt. II, Sec. 3(i),
dated 10th July, 2007.
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