Miscreants halt 4-lane works

Miscreants halt 4-lane works
Labourer camp near Kukidolong wears a deserted look.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 23, (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/23/2018 11:21:17 AM IST

The state government’s vow to protect business investors has fallen flat when the firm- M/s ECI Engineering & Construction Co.Ltd- entrusted with the 4-lane project along NH 29 from Chathe bridge (Patkai College junction) to Piphema, has had to stop all works since the past ten days due to regular threats for money, thefts of several vehicles including excavators and finally, assault on its labourers who have since fled and abandoned the camp.

A senior staff of the firm told Nagaland Post here Thursday, that all these incidents had taken place despite deployment of a platoon of IRB and Home Guards provided for security. Even FIRs lodged with various Police Stations have failed to either trace the whereabouts of the stolen vehicles/equipments or the identities of the 40 to 50 gang of miscreants. 

The work on the 4-lane had begun in earnest since 2016 despite numerous threats from various miscreants but after the brutal attack on the labour camp some ten days back, the firm had no option but to halt works after the labourers fled. The staff disclosed that around 300 labourers had fled the base camp in Kukidolong because they were “constantly harassed and even beaten up inside the camp.” He said the labourers were no longer willing to work under such an environment as they feared for their lives. The senior staff also disclosed that the firm has never in its history, ever faced such a hostile environment and helpless law enforcement agencies. 

The staff disclosed that on the night of July 18 and 19, a new dumper (NL01 AC 0021) was stolen from the parking lot of the construction company at Kukidolong camp. Another dumper and a Bolero camper were also stolen from the work site at Phirema, he said. 

Though FIRs were filed by the firm’s business development coordinator P.L. Rao at Medziphema police station, he said there has been no headway or any sign of recovery of the vehicles. 

When asked about the security provided by the State government, he said the firm was assigned with a platoon of IRB comprising 31 personnel and 10 home guards. He claimed that out of the 31 IRB only 23 were present for active duty. 

Meanwhile, in a letter to DC Dimapur, the firm has sought the intervention of the administration and also reaffirmed its commitment to complete the work for construction of the 4-lane which is also being monitored both by the Central and State governments. 

The letter, also made it clear that the company was solely dependent upon the support from the state government to create a conducive atmosphere so as to move ahead with the project’s scheduled completion. 

The firm also stated that more than 1,000 labourers were required to work on the project and so required immediate intervention from the state government. It cautioned that work cannot be done under an environment where miscreants were able to have a field day without any fear of the authorities.

 The firm expressed the hope that the administration would take appropriate measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents in order to enable the company to carry out all its works for completion of the 4-lane highway. 

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