DIBRUGARH, July 5 - Irked by pathetic road conditions at several stretches of the National Highway 37, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed the NHIDCL to take immediate steps for repair and construction of the road.
In the meeting, which was attended by General Manager of the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) Ajitpal Singh Brar and several other senior officials, Chief Minister said that the people of the state are very much disappointed with the NHIDCL for the pathetic condition of the national highways. He asked them to jump into action to assuage the grievances of the people and take urgent steps for repair of roads.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Chief Minister had to disembark from his vehicle near Chaulkhowa as his vehicle was reportedly stuck inside a huge pit in the middle of the road. He asked the NHIDCL officials to carry out regular maintenance to patch up potholes on roads and also advised them to set up stores at different parts of the state where repair or construction works are going on.
Moreover, he suggested to adopt advanced technologies in the road repair and construction and advised NHIDCL official to use latest technology being applied in Cambodia for road construction and visit the country for first-hand understanding of the technological know-how.
Expressing strong discontent over slow pace of NHIDCL works, Sonowal said that the concerned department failed to take prompt action for repair and construction of roads even after strict instructions being issued by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari during a review meeting at Kaziranga recently. Urging the NHIDCL officials to ensure sincerity and timely execution of construction, he also suggested for engaging local engineers and contractors in the works.
The NHIDCL General Manager Ajitpal Singh Brar informed the Chief Minister that repairing of NH has already begun this morning. He also assured the Chief Minister to complete the repair works as directed by him. Dibrugarh MLA Prashanta Phukan and Chabua MLA Binod Hazarika were also present in the meeting, a release stated.