HAFLONG, June 12 � Though the NF Railway has been claiming that it will be able to complete the Lumding - Silchar BG conversion work within December 31, 2013, but the people of Dima Hasao district have expressed doubts whether this project could be completed within 2020 even.
The district of Dima Hasao has been blamed for the delay of BG conversion time and again with pleas like poor law-and-order situation, insurgency, bad road condition and sometime the geological condition of the soil, etc. But the people of Dima Hasao are of the opinion that the insurgency was prevailing from 1994 and the foundation for the BG conversion was laid during 1997, and perhaps the work started in 1998.
The Railway should be well acquainted with the prevailing situation. Advent of DHD(J) was in the year 2007 and from 2007 to 2009 was the obstructing period for the Railway. Now the people of Dima Hasao argued that it was the responsibility of the Railway authority to find out the root cause of the delay and the escalation of cost of the project.
According to the people here, the delay in construction was not only because of insurgency, they believe there are many more factors for the delay. This project was started in 1997 with an estimated cost of Rs 648 crore but now for the delay in completion, the cost has been escalated to 1800 crore. The people here alleged that the delay was deliberately done only to allow the escalation of the cost of the project.
Though it is a fact that the railway authority has been claiming to complete 70 per cent of the project but the stretch from Retzuol to Harangajao has become the headache of the Railway authority. During the last fortnight a 300 mts soil nailing project near Rekho village of Harangajao totally collapsed which need to be redesigned. People allege that companies which are not capable of doing such job were allotted works, therefore delay or substandard works are unavoidable.
The people of Dima Hasao, however, requested the authority to be more serious and vigilant regarding the construction work.