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Meet Deadline or Face Music: CM Sarbananda Sonowal to contractors

Majuli protection project

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MAJULI, July 13: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today issued strong warning of taking legal action against the erring contractor if they failed to complete the Majuli protection project within the stipulated timeframe. Irked by the slow pace of implementation of the project, Sonowal said that the contractor organisation TK Engineering will have to face the music if they are unable to show satisfactory progress.

Notably, the project – which was allotted to T.K. Engineering on November 24 of the previous year – has a timeframe of 18 months which will expire in May, 2019. The project entails a 27 km-long erosion protection work at a total cost of Rs 200 crore.

Directing the contractor organisation to submit the action plan for project implementation to Brahmaputra Board, Sonowal instructed the Chairman of the Board, Rajiv Yadav, to strictly monitor the progress of the project. Yadav informed that TK Engineering has already been penalised with a fine of Rs 1.6 crore for the delay in implementing the project and in future too, such actions would be taken for slow pace of work. Apart from the Majuli protection project, other projects implemented by the Board at Nimatighat and Morigaon and different flood management projects were also discussed in the meeting.

“People need solutions, not excuses. The delay in implementation of the project has raised serious doubts in people’s minds and the newly appointed chairman of the Board must strive hard to fulfil the expectations of the public from the Board.” Sonowal asserted.

Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma, who is in-charge minister for looking after the Majuli affairs, would again hold a review meeting next month for the project and if any lapse is found than legal action would be taken accordingly, Sonowal pointed out.

Among those present in the meeting were Water Resource Minister Keshab Mahanta, Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma, who is also in-charge minister for looking after the Majuli affairs, MLA Bimal Bora, top officials of Brahmaputra Board and Water Resource Department and the Deputy Commissioner of Majuli.

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