ROAD WIDENING WORK
Shillong, April 5: Top officials of the State Public Works Department (PWD), Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) and tiol Authority of India (NHAI) carried out a joint inspection at Lad Mawreng-Sadew area to redress the lack of co-ordition in executing the widening works of the Shillong-Nongstoin-Tura road. Notwithstanding the denial ‘on lack of co-ordition’, the writing was on the wall, on how a major water pipeline to Shillong and its suburbs was damage due to haphazard dumping of earth right on the 750-mm C.I gravity main pipe under the thirty years old Greater Shillong Water Supply project.
The supply of water to Shillong and its periphery has reached a dismal low that NGOs have come out with threats of litigations against the department concern. Led by the Additiol Chief Engineer u KD Talukdar (PHED) Chief Engineer PWD (tiol Highway) M R Sangma and NHAI officials, the top shots agreed that proper execution is imperative to prevent any irritation to the public at large.
They asked the subordite officials to carry out the work in a plan manner and a clear direction has been given to them ‘not to dumped the excavated earth on top of the areas where the water pipeline have been placed’.
The Additiol Chief Engineer of PHED, K.D Talukdar said, “We have jointly come to see the work and vouched to work together in order that there will be no hindrance to the execution of works related to the two departments”. Even as the PWD is expected to adhere to the agreed proposal, the PHED Additiol Engineer conceded that there is an urgent need to replace the ageing circular pipes that facilitates water supply to Shillong and its outskirts.He also said that the replacement work is in progress but no time line has been given. It may be mention that the phase 3 of the Greater Shillong water Supply scheme has run into rough weather.