JORHAT, July 15 - Worried over slow progress of work of the Majuli protection (Anti-erosion ) project during his two-day visit to island, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has reportedly issued a strong warning of taking legal action against errant private firm if it fails to complete the allotted work within the stipulated time-frame.
A Majuli district administration source said that reviewing the progress of the project at the conference hall of Majuli DC�s office, Sonowal said that the firm - TK Engineering - will have to face legal action if it was unable to show satisfactory progress in implementing the project.
The project � which was allotted to TK Engineering on November 24, 2017 � has a timeframe of 18 months which will expire in May, 2019.
The project entails 27 km long erosion- protection work for a total cost of Rs 200 crore, the source stated.
Terming the protection of Majuli was an emotional issue for the people of Assam as the island is the seat of the state�s Vaishnavite culture and heritage, Sonowal said that any negligence on the firm�s part in implementing the project would result in severe action against it, the source said.
Sonowal further urged the Brahmaputra Board and the firm to work with dedication and sincerity in implementing the project. The Chief Minister also said that Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma, who is the minister in-charge of Majuli affairs, would again hold a review meeting next month for the project and if any lapses were found than legal action would be taken accordingly.
�People need a permanent solution, not excuses. The delay in implementation of the project has raised serious doubts in the people�s minds and the newly�appointed chairman of the Board must try hard to fulfil the expectations of the public from the Board.� Sonowal observed.
The source further said that the Brahmaputra Board Chairman Rajiv Yadav informed that the said firm has already been penalised with a fine of Rs 1.6 crore for the delay in implementing the project and in future too, such actions would be taken for slow pace of work.