DCM raises concern over unauthorized construction along highway

ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has expressed serious concern over unauthorized building construction and earth cutting on the hillsides along the under-construction four-lane highway.
He noted this while reviewing the work progress of the highway under Package-A (NH-415) from Itanagar to Papu Nallah on Thursday.
After learning that the payment of compensation for the unsafe structures located in the vulnerable places has already been made, he instructed the capital complex deputy commissioner to issue a final notice to the owners of those structures and buildings, and also to warn them to immediately vacate the building(s).
Mein said that the government will not be held responsible if any untoward incident occurs to the persons staying in such unsafe structures/buildings.
He also instructed the DC to issue notice against the unauthorized building construction, earth cutting and dumping on the road by some private parties, saying that such activities not only act as hindrances to the four-lane construction activities, but are also dangerous as the hills and mud become loose and vulnerable to landslides.
He also noted that people are wrongfully using the widened road for parking vehicles, which is causing undue traffic congestion, besides hindering the road construction activities, and directed the DC to regulate car parking along NH-415 in the capital area from Chandranagar to Raj Bhawan road, so that construction activities may be carried out smoothly.
He also asked the managing director of TK Engineering Consortium Pvt Ltd to expedite the work on a war footing, and to construct the retaining wall in landslide prone areas before the onset of monsoon to prevent further eroding of the land, and to ensure that no untoward incident occurs during the rainy days.
Other constraints in the speedy execution of projects were also discussed in the meeting. The DCM instructed the departments concerned to immediately clear utility services like electric poles, telephone poles, water pipelines and OFC cables from the construction corridor of the highway.
Air pollution caused by dust emanating from the open cut surface was also brought to the notice of the DCM. He was informed that efforts are being made to minimize the effect by sprinkling water on the open cut surface.
It was also informed that under the direction of the capital DC, two water tankers along with water pumps have been handed over to the Itanagar Market Welfare Association for effective monitoring of water sprinkling.
Traffic regulations and security deployments to ensure safety and security of the supervisory staffs were also discussed.
Among others, PWD Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso, PWD Commissioner Bilatee Pertin, and Highway Chief Engineer Toli Basar attended the meeting. (PRO)