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Assam CM Mr Sonowal criticises road agency

Infra News - Published on Wed, 11 Jul 2018

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Telegraph India reported that Assam chief minister Mr Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday was critical of the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd's role in construction and maintenance of roads in the state.

Addressing the 67th plenary of the North Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong which was attended by its chairman and home minister Rajnath Singh besides its vice-chairman and DoNER minister Jitendra Singh, Sonowal made his displeasure known in no uncertain terms.

Later in an official release, he not only said that the NHIDCL's "work is far from satisfactory", but also sought the Centre's "intervention in directing" it to speed up construction and maintain the existing roads till completion of the projects.

The NHIDCL is building over 1,300km of roads in the Northeast.

Mr Sonowal's criticism of the fully-owned company of the ministry of road transport and highways came four days after he, in a meeting with NHIDCL general manager Ajitpal Singh Brar in Dibrugarh, had told him to "immediately repair" the damaged portion of the national highways and "speed up" construction of new roads in Assam.

Mr Sonowal had also reportedly said at the meeting that people of Assam were "dissatisfied" with the company for the "pathetic condition" of national highways in the state.

He said that "As the NEC is the nodal agency to fund key development projects in the northeastern states, the delay in sanctioning projects in releasing funds must be addressed to speed up project implementation," suggesting releasing of funds by the NEC in two instalments in lump sum for a year instead of scheme-wise release.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Wed, 11 Jul 2018
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