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Tamenglong civic bodies to boycott R-Day

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, Jan 20 - Expressing resentment against non-execution of the 39 km Tamenglong-Khongsang Road in Manipur, the frontal organizations of Tamenglong on Wednesday reaffirmed to boycott the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations in the district headquarters, about 150 km west of Imphal.

The re-affirmation to boycott the Republic Day function came during the joint meeting of frontal organizations of Tamenglong held under the aegis of Joint Forum for Transport Welfare Association Tamenglong at IB PWD, Tamenglong in connection with the deplorable condition of Tamenglong-Khongsang road which is the life line of Tamenglong district.

During a joint inspection trip on Wednesday organized by Joint Forum for Transport Welfare Association Tamenglong no woker was found along the road except, newly cut jungles on road side.

It may be mentioned here that the the Union Ministry of Road Transfer & Highways had accepted e-tender of M/s Woodhill Infrastructure Limited, a Uttar Pradesh-based construction firm, for execution, completion and maintenance of the route.

The said Ministry had even sanctioned Rs. 13,23,91,325 for Temporary Restoration of Tamenglong-Khongsang road since 2012.However, no step has been taken up so far,the meeting claimed. On December 4 last year, the district administration in the presence of National Highway Infrastructure Development Co-operation Ltd. (NHIDC Ltd.), frontal organizations leaders of Tamenglong general public flagged off to start the construction work of temporary restoration of Tamenglong- Khongsang road, but in vain.

With no option left, the Truck Drivers� and Owners� Association, Tamenglong, Auto Rickshaw Association, Tamenglong, Assam Rifles, etc have been repairing the road and plying their vehicles at risk. A series of bandhs, strikes had been observed and many memorandums submitted to the concerned authorities in this regard, DM Joseph, Secretary of Joint Forum for Transport Welfare Association Tamenglong, said.

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