HAFLONG, June 4 � The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) has expressed great concern over the slow pace of the ongoing works of East-West Corridor (Mahasadak) under NHAI and conversion of Broad Gauge railway line, along with a lack of quality particularly of the works of the Maha sadak at some parts, within the area of Dima Hasao, a press release issued by Nigen Naiding, publicity secretary, ASDC Dima Hasao district Committee said.
The release stated that it was acceptable to some extent that delay in completion of such works of four way lane and broad gauge railway line in Dima Hasao district might be attributed to the state of being hilly, difficult terrain in most parts of Dima Hasao district coupled with factors such as law and order problems, yet in the latter case security arrangements were learnt to have already been made. But the way different companies/agencies/contractors/firms execute the works of such national projects of roads and railway lines in the Dima Hasao district appears to be such slow paced that it (construction of four way lane roads and BG Railway line in Dima Hasao) could not be completed within the given time period. In fact, until and unless the Government puts more emphasis on the ongoing work of construction of Mahasadak and BG Railway line in Dima Haso district by taking more effective measures such as engaging more supervising officers at the higher-level to keep a strict vigil over the ongoing works like whether the the work is being carried out properly and in full swing as per specifications and up to the mark, the execution of such works would be far from complete in the district.
The committee therefore urged the Central Government and Assam Government to lay more emphasis on the ongoing works.
Meanwhile, the committee has deplored the company/agency/contractor/firm which were responsible for the slow pace and lack of quality of the ongoing works of construction of two-way lane under the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) from Hafiong to Jatinga which was connecting the main East-West Corridor in Dima Hasao district. The committee in this regard strongly urged the Government to take appropriate action as per law against the firm/contractor concerned for such slow pace and substandard quality of the ongoing works and also demand the Government to cancel the works allotted to the existing firm/contractor and re-allot the same construction works to other firm/contractor which could complete the work within the time bound period as also maintaining the quality of the work.
It may be noted further that, since the inception of execution of the said ongoing works of the two-way lane in January 2011, a blanket of dust has been enveloping the area for the last four months creating health hazards for the school going children, office-goers, pedestrians and commuters alike. In order to contain the blanket of dust, vehicles with water-filled containers had been engaged to sprinkle water along the affected road, but such remedial measures have not been effective in containing the dust thereby affecting all concerned.