Irked by poor quality road work, LBSJF demands SIT inquiry

Irked by poor quality road work, LBSJF demands SIT inquiry

Staff REPORTER

ITANAGAR, Jun 23: Decrying the ‘poor’ quality of road construction works on the road from Oyan Charali to Kemi Check Post under East Siang district, the Legong Bango Social Justice Forum (LBSJF) on Saturday sought for an SIT investigation into the matter. Reportedly, the ongoing construction of road from Oyan Charali to Kemi Check Post under SADA is being executed by the PWD.

Addressing a press conference at Arunachal Press Club here, the LBSJF chairman Kaling Tasing claimed that the said road project is not only being executed without floating any NIT (notice inviting tender) but also its quality of work being compromised, violating the laid down guidelines.

“We are not against the (road) development, but quality of work shouldn’t be compromised at any cost,” asserted Tasing, adding that the ongoing work lacks quality as before final carpeting proper roller, watering and earth filling was not done as per guidelines.

Reportedly, after detecting the poor quality of works, LBSJF president Ratul Paboh had on June 4 last taken a video clip of the road and posted it on social media that invoked mixed reactions from the public.

“Our stand is clear that there should be good road in the area,” the Forum president said, adding, however some people with vested political interest are trying to give it a ‘political colour’.

He appealed the people not to deviate from the issue as it is concerning the area’s development. In this regard, Paboh appealed the State Governor to intervene into the matter and constitute a special investigation team (SIT) against the said project to ensure quality work.

Further, alleging that a parachute scheme for construction of Tourist Lodge and Rejuvenation of Mary Land Lake is illegally going at 10 Mile near Oyan village, Tasing claimed that the said area falls under reserved forest and questioned how come such project is being established under reserved forest area without obtaining land possession certificate and NOC from the concerned department.

Reportedly, the scheme amounting to Rs 5.20 crore under NEC is being taken up under the head C/o Tourist Lodge and Rejuvenation of Mary Land Lake.

“There is no any lake called Mary Land Lake within the area of Oyan circle,” claimed Tasing, adding that no one has ever heard of such lake though they are living in the area since 1970s.

Meanwhile, the Forum submitted a representation to the Governor seeking probe into the parachute scheme under NEC and also called for immediate cancellation of the project. It threatened to knock the doors of appropriate forum of law if its demands are not fulfilled.

The Executive Engineer, PWD and Director, Tourism Department could not be contacted to cross-check the facts.

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