Slow progress of road repair work irks commuters

ITANAGAR, Jan 28: The slow progress of the ongoing repairing and re-carpeting work on the Itanagar-Jote road is causing major trouble to the residents of Sangdupota circle.
After much delay, the repair work started in November last year, but work has reportedly stopped, which is causing much worry to the people of area.
Besides troubling the local residents, the poor condition of the Itanagar-Jote road is cited to be one of the main reasons for the failure to shift the NIT to its permanent campus in Jote.
The state government sanctioned Rs 12 crore for repairing the road, and tender for it was floated way back in March 2017. But the tender process could not be completed on time due to several complaints, and the whole process was completed only in October 2017.
Meanwhile, the United Sangdupota Intellectual Youth Forum (USIYF) has expressed serious concern over the inordinate delay in carrying out the repairing and re-carpeting work on the Itanagar-Jote road.
A team of the USIYF visited the road on Saturday and reportedly found that NT Agency, the firm engaged to carry out the work, has halted the work.
The USIYF has urged the proprietor of NT Agency and the PWD’s Doimukh division to restart work on a war footing before the onset of the rainy season. It also appealed to the contractor and the department to complete the maintenance work within the stipulated time, as per the tender guideline, without comprising on the quality of work.
The USIYF also alleged that even after the start of maintenance work the condition of the Itanagar-Jote road is dilapidated. The forum urged the state government to sanction and release sufficient additional fund within the 2018 financial year for the development of the road, as announced earlier by Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
It has threatened to launch an agitation if the contractor and the department fail to complete the work on time.