ITAGAR, July 17: Aruchal Pradesh PWD Minister Gojen Gadi today informed that the department has served 12 notices to Mumbai-based Delta SPC Company for delay in executing the Lalpur to Changlang portion of the Trans Aruchal Highway (TAH).
Responding to a Zero Hour motion brought by BJP member Laisam Simai in the assembly, Gadi informed that the work worth 5.49 crore began in 2011 with a target to complete it by 2014.
After formation cutting works in 61 kilometer of the 68 kilometer long road was completed, the company stopped work. The department served 12 notices to the construction company for the delay in response to which it resumed work on June last but stopped again for which a pelty of Rs 4.71 crore was imposed as a result of which the company assured to start the work soon in war footing. “As directed by the chief minister, all district authorities have ben directed to maintain connectivity along the road,” the minister added.
Earlier, raising the issue, Simai informed that the Lalpur to Changlang road was the first TAH portion started in 2011 but the progress was only 36 per cent.
The condition of the road which served as the lifeline for three circles in Changlang district, deteriorated and the company was not working on it despite repeated request, Simai lamented.
“Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts are known for wrong reasons but the people are peace loving, pro-government and want development to take deep roots,” he said adding he had drawn the attention of union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari when he visited Jairampur on April last to iugurate the tiol Highway 513.
Stating that people’s sentiments should not be undermined, Simai pleaded the state government to initiate action against the company including cancellation of contracts, to which Gadi assured to redress.