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Tripura Guv blames Assam Govt for poor NH

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, March 21 - Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy has criticised the Assam Government for not doing enough to repair the Assam-Agartala National Highway, considered lifeline of Tripura, Mizoram and Barak Valley.

The National Highway is in dilapidated condition but there is no major initiative on the part of the Assam Government to face-lift the NH leading to trouble for transporters as well as passengers. �It is very risky for vehicular movement on the NH-44,� Roy told the media after inspecting some of the patches of the NH�s Assam part on Sunday.

�Although the NH-44 is very important for Tripura, the State has no role to play in renovating it as the strategic road falls in Assam soil. Despite repeated requests, the condition of the lifeline remains as it was earlier�, he pointed out.

Roy, accompanied by Chief Engineer and other officials visited some areas of Assam for an on-the-spot inspection of the nine km stretch of NH-44 from Churaibari to Lowerpoah.

Roy had met Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and discussed about renovation of the dilapidated NH-44.

ARSS, a construction company, was in charge of renovating the NH. However, the Assam Government replaced the construction company by engaging another company. Currently, ABCI Company has been entrusted with the responsibility of the work.

After inspecting the road, the Governor expressed hope that there will be no problem in vehicular movement in the coming monsoon season if the road renovation work goes on speedily.

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