GUWAHATI: The NHAI (National Highway Authority of India) assured Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today that it would repair the Maibong-Harangajao stretch of the National Highway in the Dima Hasao district by May 31 and make it motorable.
The Chief Minister had a meeting with NHAI chairperson Alka Upadhyay in New Delhi. Talking to the media in New Delhi after the meeting, the Chief Minister said, "Landslides snapped the road connectivity in Dima Hasao. I specially mentioned the Maibong-Harangajao stretch of the highway. She assured me that the NHAI would repair that stretch of the road by May 31 and make it motorable." The Chief Minister said, "I also discussed with the NHAI chairperson on other NHAI projects in Assam."
The Chief Minister said that he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday with the Indian Thomas Cup-winning team. "I briefed the Prime Minister on the flood situation in Assam. The outcome is that the NHAI, Railways and others are holding a meeting today," he said.
On the crisis of Dima Hasao, the Chief Minister said, "The hill district is under an acute scarcity of petrol and diesel. IOC and a few other oil companies supply oil to the district through airdropping. Today they airdropped 6,000 litres of petrol and diesel in the district."
On the Batadroba incident, the Chief Minister said, "We will take stern action against the culprits. We will tackle such crimes with an iron hand. I have asked the deputy commissioner to identify the encroachers near Batadroba. I have also asked the police to identify the elements disrupting peace in the area. We will carry out eviction drives and tackle crimes as per laws."
When asked about Cabinet expansion in the state, he hinted that it might happen at the year-end.