MLA calls for timely completion of Pakke-Seijosa-Itakhola road

SEIJOSA, Feb 4: Pakke-Kessang MLA Biyuram Wahge has directed the officials and the contractor concerned to carry out construction of the Pakke-Seijosa-Itakhola road on a war footing.
He said this while inspecting the ongoing work on the North East Council (NEC)-funded road project here in East Kameng district, along with officials and PRI members.
The project is for upgrading the 62 km Pakke-Seijosa-Itakhola road, which will connect Itakhola in Assam at one end and the Sagalee-Seppa-Nechiphu NH-13 road on other end. The work was allotted to PRL-Gepung (JV) in April 2017 through national bidding, but due to litigation the actual work started only in October last year.
Wahge along with Pakke-Kessang PWD Division EE Nabam Takar, AE K Ngomdir, ZPM Pani Tayem, and the contractor inspected the work from the check gate to the 8 km point in Goloso. He requested the PRI members to check the work progress and resolve any hindrance with the help of officials and the administration.
The MLA directed the executing firm not to compromise with the quality of work, and asked the contractor to complete the work in the stipulated time.
Seijosa PWD Division EE Nabam Takar informed that the improvement and upgrading work on the road was approved by the NEC in 2013-14 with an estimated cost of Rs 166.16 crore, and it was sanctioned in 2015-16.
“However, it got delayed because of litigation, and the tender process could be completed in April 2017. Later it got embroiled in a fresh litigation, which again delayed the project. The work finally began in October 2017 and is progressing in full swing,” Takar informed.
Jungle clearance has been completed upto 20 km, he said, adding he was hopeful that the work would continue without hindrance.