BY A REPORTER
Mawkyrwat, Sept 6: Expressing concern over the delay in the construction of the Photjaud-Mad-Mawbidong road, 15 KM from Mawkyrwat in South West Khasi Hills district, the United Democratic Party (UDP), Mawkyrwat Circle today demanded that the contractor to speed up the work.
Speaking to reporters, Chairman of the UDP Development Committee, Commander Shangpliang, said that the party has decided to visit the road to assess the progress of work after receiving complaints from the residents of Pynden Lyngdoh, Mad, Pynden Sohlang and Mawbidong village that the contractor Pelcy Sitang has halted the work for more than one and half year. He said that the people of these villages are facing problems after the transportation was cut down by landslide some months ago.
Shangpliang said that the UDP demanded that the contractor should speed up the work and complete it within January next year before the coming of the Presbytery Service at Pynden Lyngdoh village.
He also requested the PWD Roads through the Junior Engineer, Mawkyrwat Division, C. Shangdiar who was present during the visit to instruct the contractor to finish the work before January 2017.
Meanwhile, the people from Pynden Lyngdoh, Mad and Mawbidong who were present during the visit said that the delay on the part of the contractor to complete the work has brought many problems to the people especially for pregnt women and patients. “We have to carry them (pregnt women or patient) and walk all the way from our villages till Tyni which is about seven kms,” they said.
Junior Engineer, PWD Roads Mawkyrwat Division, C. Shangdiar informed that the 7 ½ KM road was sanctioned in 2013 for Rs.6.59 crores under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yoja (PMGSY). He said that the contractor should have completed the works within 18 months but till now she has not been able to finish the work even though the Department from time to time has reminded her.