Tura, November: In a first of sorts, which should put the bell among the cats, the coordinator cum manager of CCL, which had been awarded repair work on the National Highway 62, Jai Kishore (40) has been arrested today from Tura in West Garo Hills.
The arrest of Kishore comes after a complaint filed some months ago by a group of people from Baghmara over the delay in repair of the highway – considered one of the worst in the entire North East. The FIR had been filed in the town of Baghmara.
NH 62 is the lifeline of residents of SGH which starts from Dudhnoi in Assam before ending at Karonggre in West Garo Hills. It passes through most of the district and has been lying in a state of ruin for over a decade now.
CCL is among 4 contractors awarded contracts for the repair of NH 62. While 3 of the contractors have begun work on repair of the road after summons to them, CCL has remained adamant in not starting work.
“We have arrested him based on the complaint of cheating by a group of social activists after repeated reminders to the company to start repair work were unheeded,” said superintendent of police, South Garo Hills, Abraham T Sangma.
The matter, according to the police was pushed after the company failed to start work even this season without any reason being provided to any authorities.
“They were summoned but never came to explain their situation. Various attempts to speak to them also failed as the representatives of the company were hardly in Garo Hills. They have been testing the patience of all concerned and someone amongst them had to be responsible,’ said a highly placed police source on the matter.
CCL, the company has been at the forefront of many delayed projects in Garo Hills, including the now infamous German technology roads in various locations. Earlier in NGH too, the company only completed a project after literally being pushed to the tether.
“This is a great job done as these people have been taking the entire region for granted. They deserved what they got. Now the PWD should initiate cancellation of their contracts and blacklist the company from getting further road contracts,” said a Baghmara resident.