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GUWAHATI, June 13 - Unhappy at the sloppy progress of highway repair works being carried out by the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) in Assam, the State Government is readying a status report of the works to lodge a written complaint with the Central Government.

�A status report has been prepared and submitted to the Chief Minister. He will take it up with the Union Road Transport & Highways Minister,� PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya told The Assam Tribune today.

Suklabaidya said both he and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal have held several review meetings with the NHIDCL and had been raising the issue off and on, but �their response has been not at all satisfactory.�

�People are facing severe hardships as stretches in several national highways in the State are in bad shape,� the minister admitted.

�Earlier, there were issues of land acquisition, but the problem is no longer there. Sometimes they (NHIDCL) blame it on the weather. But we have not seen them doing even the primary works,� the apparently annoyed minister said, adding that a written representation is likely to be sent to the Central Government in a day or two.

The NHIDCL, a wholly owned company under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, was incorporated on July 18, 2014 and became functional in January 2015 to expedite construction of national highways and other infrastructure in the northeastern region and other strategic areas.

Maintenance of the national highways is the responsibility of the company, besides initiating fresh projects.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is learnt to have taken up the issue with Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari over telephone a few days back.

Sonowal, who recently travelled from Dibrugarh to Kaziranga by road, had expressed his displeasure over the appalling condition of the NH-37. There have also been numerous complaints from the public regarding the poor condition of national highways in the State.

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State to lodge complaint with Centre

GUWAHATI, June 13 - Unhappy at the sloppy progress of highway repair works being carried out by the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) in Assam, the State Government is readying a status report of the works to lodge a written complaint with the Central Government.

�A status report has been prepared and submitted to the Chief Minister. He will take it up with the Union Road Transport & Highways Minister,� PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya told The Assam Tribune today.

Suklabaidya said both he and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal have held several review meetings with the NHIDCL and had been raising the issue off and on, but �their response has been not at all satisfactory.�

�People are facing severe hardships as stretches in several national highways in the State are in bad shape,� the minister admitted.

�Earlier, there were issues of land acquisition, but the problem is no longer there. Sometimes they (NHIDCL) blame it on the weather. But we have not seen them doing even the primary works,� the apparently annoyed minister said, adding that a written representation is likely to be sent to the Central Government in a day or two.

The NHIDCL, a wholly owned company under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, was incorporated on July 18, 2014 and became functional in January 2015 to expedite construction of national highways and other infrastructure in the northeastern region and other strategic areas.

Maintenance of the national highways is the responsibility of the company, besides initiating fresh projects.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is learnt to have taken up the issue with Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari over telephone a few days back.

Sonowal, who recently travelled from Dibrugarh to Kaziranga by road, had expressed his displeasure over the appalling condition of the NH-37. There have also been numerous complaints from the public regarding the poor condition of national highways in the State.

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