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GPF allege serious violation of MoRTH guidelines

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Itagar, Feb 12: The Galo People’s Federation (GPF) in has alleged serious violations of the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) guidelines on the Trans-Aruchal Highway between Likabali and Garu in West Siang district by executing agency M/S JKM, a Gurgoan based private firm.

GPF President Nyadar Loya claimed that the executing agency has neither deployed adequate machineries, nor manpower at work sites, thus making the existing road worse.

The GPF added that only a few machines have been deployed at the site, leading to utter slow pace of work, while also alleging that the private firm is executing random earth cutting and creating untold inconveniences to commuters, especially patients who are on medical emergency. Loya informed that the federation had sent a representation to the Maging Director of tiol Highway & Infrastructure Development, New Delhi seeking his intervention in expediting the work as per the guidelines. “There are no site engineers, no walkie-talkies being used by site supervisors to monitor vehicle movement and no PRO to coordite,” claimed GPF Spokesperson Tujum Poyom. “Random earth-cutting will trigger more landslides during rainy season” Poyom added, before alleging that the private firm was responsible for causing two accidents that occurred somewhere towards the end of 2016. It also expressed resentment over the district administration and the Highway Department for failing to monitor the ongoing project.

The GPF further clarified that it has no political motives to cause obstruction in the project and claimed that its sole objective is to correct the faults and let the executing agency strictly follow the guidelines. Further, the organisation served an ultimatum to the authorities, including the state government to ensure that the quality of work is maintained, failing which, the authorities would invite series of agitations.

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