Case registered against contractor for damaging road while laying OFC cable

Case registered against contractor for damaging road while laying OFC cable

KHONSA, Mar 31: Govt’s effort to improve the internet connectivity in the region by laying of optical fibre cables has run into a rough weather with the Khonsa Police, following a complaint from Tirap district administration, registering a case against the contractor engaged in the cable laying task for allegedly damaging the road while digging along the road for the same.

Apart from seizure of two JCBs from the work site, the police also detained the labourers, who were found without ILP, and booked them under the BEFR (Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation) Act.

On being tipped off by the villagers of Borduria, Tirap Deputy Commissioner P N Thungon while taking serious note of the road damage being done by the contractor dispatched EAC (Judicial) H Kri to take stock of the work and found that the laying of cables has not been carried out as per the guidelines.

The executing agency has completely damaged the road by digging the black-topped areas and the main road which would completely destroy the road. This attracted the Prevention of Damage to Public Properties Act and consequently, a case has been registered.

The DC also directed the contractor to restore the damaged road portion immediately within seven days, failing which further action will be initiated against the concerned agency/contractor as per law.

The DC, meanwhile, urged all the telecom companies who are undertaking cable laying work in the district to improve their services. He added that many a times all those companies damaged NH-315A (popularly known as KBJ – Khonsa-Bogapani-Joypur road) in the name of cable connection but till now internet service in the district is extremely slow and worst for which all official works including SBI, Khonsa branch are being badly hampered. (DIPRO)

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