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Poor quality work along TA Road irks ASUD

Published on 14 Sep. 2017 12:26 AM IST
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Expressing displeasure over the nature of improvement work being undertaken along Tajen Ao (TA) Road (from City Tower junction to ADC court) Dimapur, the Ao Students’ Union Dimapur (ASUD) said it was closely monitoring the work in progress and would not remain a mute spectator.
In a press release, ASUD president, Lanutoshi Aier, and general secretary, Moayanger Jamir, said it was disheartening to notice that even after Rs.19.4 crore released for road improvement, the workmanship remained “scant and unsatisfactory.”
It said that road quality has been compromised as the construction firm/company appeared to be in a hurry to complete the project. Drawing attention to PWD (R&B) chief engineer’s office press statement, which stated that “the plying of heavy laden vehicles especially carriage of sand from Assam side was also a major reason which caused damage to the road”, the ASUD questioned whether the department, by giving such a statement, was expressing its incapability to maintain sturdy roads over which trucks transporting sand and other essentials could ply upon?
ASUD also termed as “absolutely ridiculous” the claim that trucks from Assam were one of the reasons for the deteriorating condition of the road. It said that this was not the first time the department’s “corrupt actions have been exposed in the public realm.”
Pointing out that good roads were part of citizens’ prerogatives, ASUD said to be denied such was tantamount to abject violation of human rights. 
ASUD has expressed hope that respective councils of the localities along Tajen Ao Road would also step in and ensure that work was carried out in accordance with laid-down protocol and the concerned contractor(s) be made responsible for ensuring durable, all-weather roads. 
Meanwhile, ASUD has lauded deputy commissioner (DC) Dimapur, Kesonye Yhome, for introducing city bus services for the convenience of the citizens during the recent bandh called by DDADU.
In this regard, the union has requested the DC to resume city buses at/from strategic locations as bus fare was reasonable. It said bus proved to be a more reliable means of transport especially for the student community. 
ASUD said bus service, if resumed, would be a welcome step, which would also ease travel woes of Dimapur citizens to a great extent.

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