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CM gets cracking, sets Nov 15 deadline

Completion of Roads in Barak Valley

By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, Oct 11: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday set November 15 as the deadline for completion of all ongoing road construction projects in the three districts of Barak Valley.
The Chief Minister directed this while chairing a review meeting to take stock of the status of implementation of PWD road projects in the valley. The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioners (DCs), Superintendents of Police (SPs), PWD and Forest officials of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts, besides contractors associated with the projects, and held at the conference hall of Cachar DC office at Silchar.
“Roads are very vital link for smooth communication. The ongoing road construction projects must be executed expeditiously so that people can see the real face of development. All stakeholders involved in the construction works will ensure that the projects are completed on or before November 15 ahead of the Namami Barak festival,” Sonowal said at the meeting.
The Chief Minister further asked the DCs of the three districts to sit with Forest officials and contractors to take care of bottlenecks delaying the construction of roads.
Taking note of the shortage of stones and sand, Sonowal directed the DCs to solve the matter and detect potential zones in the valley to ensure adequate supply of the same.
Sonowal also instructed PWD Commissioner Rajesh Kemprai and Chief Conservator of Forests to oversee the construction works from time to time and take remedial measures for any problem affecting smooth execution of the projects. He asked the PWD Commissioner to take personal initiative to repair the road from the airport at Kumbhirgram to Karimganj.
The Chief Minister further asked PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, also present at the meeting, to monitor the entire road construction work and added that he would review the progress with him after 15 days.
Reiterating the State government’s commitment to transform Barak Valley into an economic hub, Sonowal called upon everyone to play an important role.
“To infuse vitality in trade & commerce activities, all of us will have to play a crucial role. The State government has been relentlessly working to develop the modes of communication in the region,” he added.
The Chief Minister also asked the Divisional Forest Officers (DFOs) of the valley to ensure availability of construction materials with the specifications put in place for the purpose. He also announced that the contractors who perform good works would be awarded by the government.
Apart from the PWD Minister, the meeting was also attended by Assam Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Dilip Kumar Paul and MLAs of the valley, along with senior officers of the civil and police administration.