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Concern over delay in East-West Corridor work

By Correspondent

HAFLONG, July 6 - Expressing serious concern over the alleged indifferent attitude of the NHAI in constructing East-West Corridor (Saurastra-Silchar), Cachar MP Sushmita Deb said that she would definitely raise the issue in the Parliament.

Deb was here at Haflong on Tuesday to take stock of the situation of the BG and Mahasarak. She was accompanied by the NHAI Project Director, Project Managers of HCC, NKC and JKM, Chief Administrative Officer, NF Railway and Chief Engineer, NF Railway.

After reaching New Haflong Railway Station, she held a meeting with all the railway, NHAI and company officials and wanted to know why the NHAI has failed to keep the NH-54 E motorable for the public. She then visited the Migrendisa site of railway, where the foundation of tracks was damaged due to heavy landslide followed by incessant rain resulting in disruption of rail services since May 16.

Talking to mediapersons, MP Deb said that in the last two and a half years, the NHAI hasn�t done any progress at all in the construction of East-West Corridor but raised excuses like land dispute etc. She argued that if the Railways could manage then why not the NHAI in negotiating with the problems. Regarding the Railways, the MP said that it has been doing its best despite many challenges.

She said that both Lumding-Silchar BG and East-West Corridor are the prime lifelines of the people of Barak Valley and Dima Hasao and even for the neighbouring States like Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.

Ajit Pandit, CAO of NF Railway, said, �Tracks laying and linking in the diverted alignment will be completed soon and we are expecting to run ballast train by Wednesday and rail services will be started before July 10 as targeted.�

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