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Notice to govt on Tehok Hydro Project
Published on 12 Feb. 2009 1:21 AM IST
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Tehok Mini Hydro Electric Project which the state power department undertook in 1993 with a view to provide power supply to Mon district has now come under the scanner from a Welfare Society for non payment of contract bills and failing to fulfill a host of other promises made by the government. Advocate and Notary, D.K. Nagi representing the Welfare Society Tehok Mini Hydro Electric Project Mon has served a legal notice to the Chief Engineer Power, Kohima government of Nagaland and the state Chief Secretary threatening to file a case on the issue if the bills were not paid to the local contractors or the Project was not implemented within 60 days from the date of this legal notice. Nagi alleged that the government has been failing to fulfill its commitment to the people of the area who sacrificed their cultivable land and water sources for the welfare of the public. He said the government had promised the land owners a nominal land compensation, to grant them contracts, to create employment opportunities for the youth and to provide the much needed power supply to the areas. “But contrary to all the said promises the department brings losses to the local contractors for non-payment of bills, losses to the other land owners … after taking away their lands and water sources and misusing the public funds”, the advocate said. According to the Advocate, the Project was first surveyed in 1993 and approved in 2002 after which meager land compensations were paid to the land owners in 2003. He pointed out that some labourers were also appointed in 2004 and that about 17 labourers were drawing wages without work till date. It was pointed out that the Work Orders which were awarded to the local contractors according to the agreement by the government/power department including two numbers of five roomed barracks and two numbers of Barlley Bridge Abutment construction vide order No.HED/TB/88/(B)/28-05, No.HED/TB/89(B)/2675-311 and No.HED/TB/82/199-97 were also completed by the contractors without “running bills”. He said completion certificates were submitted to the authority responsible by the local contractors but that bills were not paid even then, in spite of repeated requests and reminders. Due to the non-payment of bills, the bridge materials like iron structures were left unattended and rusted in the jungle and that the Bull Dozers which were procured for the purpose had also disappeared, the Advocate said. He also pointed out that the government had appointed two qualified Company Contractors for the Project in October 2006 but that there was still no sign of implementation of the work. He said the land owners and the Welfare Society were told that there was no budget provision since 2002 when they inquired into the problems. Stating that the Project was going on in papers and not in reality, the Advocate said his clients wanted to know as to why the Project was undertaken if there was no budget for it and why were Work Orders given to the poor land owners who had borrowed money with high interest rate for the work.

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