Panel soon to probe Karsinga block point work progress: DC

*Local stage dharna, demands speedy work

By Staff Reporter

KARSINGSA, Jan 30: A committee would be set up to enquire into work progress and quality of Nirjuli-Banderdewa stretch including block point here developed by B K Constriction (BKC), Capital DC Komkar Dulom said.

The GoI has granted fund to maintain and restore unprecedented damages caused to NH-415 due to caused by Dikrong River and past landslides for which the BKC was given the works, Dulom told this daily, adding that the road was closed on request of the BKC and PWS (highway) to execute works smoothly without loss of time as NH-415 is the lifeline of the Capital Complex. Thus, it was expected that the BKC would execute the work on time with quality, he said.

Pointing out that public support of important for any welfare scheme, he announced to set up a panel as demanded by the locals. The matter was discussed with the local when they met him in his office recently. However, new formation cutting is being undertaken to prevent further silting and erosion in block point. The stretch will motorable by February 2 next and 24-hour road closure would not be extended, he assured.

However, Karsingsa & Banderdewa residents, including youth, students, public leaders and GBs staged dharna near block point on Thursday demanding an enquiry committee immediately. The road condition has been same for last many years while there is none to check work progress and quality, they alleged.

Banderdewa Karsingsa Area Youth Association president Chelo John & public leader Taniang Kipa claimed that they have been cooperating with the BRC since beginning while the road closure was extended which was against common interest, particularly students whose examinations are scheduled from Feb 4 next and office goers.

Claiming that no senior officer was either supervising or monitoring, they highlighted sufferings of thousands of commuters due to road closure. A passage should be given for traffic movement, they said, and called for fast tracking the work for which they would extend support. The students who go to Harmuty for studies are incurring heavy expenditure on journey, GB said, but advocated quality works.

However, Dulom urged them to have patience for few days.

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