Tura, Feb 24: With only about a month remaining before the High Court provided deadline for the repair of the National Highway – 62, work by the CCL International Company, which has about 26 kms of repair contract, is yet to begin.
Till about a week ago, the road construction company had only about started work on the first 2 kms of road repair from Dimapara onwards and that too with old stones dug out from the same road that they were supposed to repair! To top it all only a few trucks of metal have been laid!
When questioned on the lack of progress on the road, a representative of the company, who was at the site, gave the excuse that they were unable to secure stones to continue work. When asked as to why, if they could not do the repair are they not giving up the contract, the representative remained mum.
“We went to the site a few days ago and upon seeing the progress, scolded them on it. They said they would be working harder but I am doubtful as to how much of the work will be done till Mar 31, the deadline given by the HC,” said a highly placed district official.
Interestingly the company has employed only one excavator (JCB) and a roller to complete 26 kms of repair work. The number of labourers at the site would not exceed 15.
“They are really making a mockery of the system. By their own admission the Meghalaya HC has given them till the end of March to complete the work, so how do they plan to get the work done, is beyond anyone’s understanding. We hope the Court takes extreme cognizance of their neglect and punishes them accordingly,” said a resident of Baghmara in SGH who did not wish to be named.
Earlier a FIR had been lodged by residents of Baghmara on the lack of road repair which even led to the arrest of one of the CCL managers, Raj Kishore. A PIL on the same matter almost saw the contract of CCL cancelled, though they sought time till Mar 31 to get the work done, a request accepted by the Court.
Meanwhile other contractors, who have been given repair contracts, have more or less completed the work allotted to them with only the CCL standing out like a sore thumb. Another thing of note was the non-existent push to see the completion of repair work by the department that is in charge of doing so – PWD.