EKSCWO demands quick completion of Seppa-Chayang Tajo road

ITANAGAR, 8 Feb: The East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) held a meeting here on Monday with regard to the Seppa-Chayang Tajo road in East Kameng district.

The meeting was chaired by EKSWCO chairman Bharat Sonam, and was attended by Sports Minister Mama Natung, MLAs Tapuk Taku, Goruk Pordung and Hayeng Mangfi, and representatives of the All East Kameng District Students’ Union.

The project was the centre of discussion during the EKSWCO conference held in Chayang Tajo earlier this month. The EKSWCO had flagged the scam-ridden project which was awarded to Gammon India Pvt Limited.

The EKSWCO made its clear that it wants the road to be completed under any circumstance.

The 81-km NEC road is marred by mismanagement and inordinate delay. It is learnt that only 19.5 crore is remaining of the total cost of the project to the tune of Rs 172 crore.

During the EKSWCO meeting, it was learnt Rs 31 crore was misused from the agreement amount of Rs 172 crore by describing the work as flood damage report (FDR) works.

However, the executive engineer of the Chayang Tajo PWD division had said that the department had to convert it into FDR to put the road through, especially during monsoon.

After being pressurized by the EKSWCO, the four legislators on Monday adopted a three-point resolution, including to ensure expedition of the special investigation cell on investigation on the NEC road project, and responsible people found guilty should be taken into task.

The district’s elected representatives also resolved that the ongoing construction activities should be continued with the balance fund of Rs 19.5 crore without any interference and hindrances. The elected representatives also agreed that there was mismanagement of fund on the said road project as it was viewed by all participants during the EKSWCO meeting on Sunday.

Earlier, the East Kameng deputy commissioner formed a technical committee to enquire the scam-ridden NEC road. Later, the district administration had submitted its preliminary report to the SIC.

The case is registered with the SIC.