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4-lane: CM summons meet over report

Staff Reporter Dimapur, Aug 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/24/2018 12:29:28 PM IST

Taking a serious note of the report in Nagaland Post which disclosed the crippling effects of extortion, thefts and threats on the firm involved with construction of 4-lane road along NH 29, the chief minister convened an urgent meeting Friday in Kohima with top officials of the administration, law and enforcement including officials of the firm involved in the construction work.

An official source told Nagaland Post Friday, that the state government was peeved at ECI Engineering & Construction Company Ltd. for choosing to rush to the media instead of bringing the matter to notice of the departments involved.

It may be mentioned that the firm M/s ECI Engineering & Construction Company Ltd., was awarded the works for the 4-lane from Chathe river bridge (Patkai college junction) to Piphema. A senior employee of the firm had contacted Nagaland Post on Thursday to reveal about the extreme difficulties faced by manual labourers in certain sections by miscreants.

ECI ECC clarifies: After the meeting with the state government , the firm’s business development co-ordinator P.L.Rao issued a clarification that a “particular section of labourers” involved in protection work were “affected by the incident” to the extent of slowing down the work. Rao also maintained that all other works such as earth works, highway works and road maintenance were continuing. He also reiterated that the firm has “harmonious relations with all sections of public, local authorities, NGOs, youth leaders, village chairman and GBs”. Rao said all of them were helping the firm in completing the work and also lauded the district administration and police for “tremendous support and guidance”.

NSF for security: Reacting to the report Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) said it was concerned over the halting of 4-lane project works due to regular threats for money, thefts of several vehicles and assault on labourers. NSF general secretary, Imtiyapang Imsong, said “such act of anti-social elements” harassing and threatening the workers was “totally unacceptable.”It reminded that the public and travellers were facing untold hardship due to the condition of the highway owing to ongoing work for 4-lane. 

NSF appealed to the law enforcing agencies to provide sufficient security for smooth functioning of the project and also demanded necessary action to probe into the report of threat and award befitting punishment to the perpetrators.

 

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