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Student bodies dismayed at abandoned PMGSY road project

Student bodies dismayed at abandoned PMGSY road project
The abandoned road project.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/3/2021 1:10:40 PM IST

Khongka Students Union (KSU), Betang Students Union (BSU) and Hakkomute Students Union (HSU) have expressed dismay over the abandoned Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) road from Mimi to Khongka and Hakumuti, the work order of which was issued dated April 9, 2012, NGRRDA Nagaland, under Pungro sub-division of Kiphire district, Under NPWD (R&B).

In a press release, KSU president Thrunso, BSU president Jonah and HSU president Silenthong  stated that the project according to RTI and DPR was 42km amounting to Rs.15,68, 29, 000. 

The signatories the work was assigned to Hexad Syndicate and the agreement between the contractor and chief engineer PWD (R&B) and the empowered officer PMGSY, NGRRDA Nagaland was signed on April 9, 2012, where the contractor agreed to complete the entire project within the stipulated time.

The student bodies said they made repeated appeals to the firm and the department on several occasions both in written and verbal, but till date there was no sign of completing the said project. 

They said that as per DPR, the road, which was supposed to be 42km, had only 29km on ground, cutting short by 13km.

The union also said they had appealed to the department for a spot verification on September 12, 2019, but has not verified till date. 

Further, they said a letter from the office of chief engineer, PWD (R&B) Nagaland assured to resume the work at the earliest and complete the same by December 2019, but had not resumed till date. 

The student bodies expressed strong resentment against the contractor and department for not resuming the pending PMGSY road project, which started in the year 2012.

They further claimed that as per RTI response, 72% of the bill was released, but the actual work executed was approximately 3km to 4km only out of 42 kms, which was also of “cheapest quality.”

Therefore, the three student bodies have sought clarification from the department whether 11 years was not enough to complete the project of 42kms.

They also asked who was to be blamed for releasing the bills without execution of assigned work. “Is the department responsible or the firm/contractor for not executing the assigned work?” they questioned.

They demanded that the department issue clarifications in print media, adding that they expected work execution at the earliest. Failing to respond within the stipulated time, the unions threatened to “take the matter to the higher level.”

 

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