After inspecting the progress of the Churachandpur-Singn-gat road (Tedim road) and Singnat-Sinzawl-Tuivai road funded by the NEC under the Ministry of DONER on June 28 and Jun 29, the Zomi Students' Federation has adopted a three point resolution for the early completion of the said roads.
In a statement, the student body said that after a two day inspection of the work progress on the said stretches of road, it adopted three resolutions.
The resolutions include pressurising the State Government and the NEC for handing over the remaining construction works of Guite Road to Border Roads Organisation, as per the previous MoUs signed between it and the State Government as well as per the Cabinet decisions taken in this regard on September 2, 2006; to urge the NEC for immediate withdrawal of its Tender Notice (No. 141) issued for Guite Road project if no concrete steps are taken to hand over the same to the BRO and to oppose any attempt by the authority concerned to nullify the rightful demand.
The inspection tour was taken by 7 members of the ZSF led by its president S Kapkhanmuan.
On the construction works being taken up on Tedim road, the student body said that the length is approximately 32 kms for which a sum of Rs 2732 lakhs has been sanctioned. Out of this Rs 82.327 lakhs has been earmarked for each and every kilometre.
Without mincing words, the student body said that has been no remarkable progress of the work. No official work order has been issued till date, said the statement and added that the same may be issued soon.
ZSF appealed to the PWD and the contractors to take up the work with sincerity and added that it is also the gateway for the proposed Behiang Trade Centre as well as connect it to Mizoram.
The student body further said that Tedim Road is covered with pot holes and stagnant water and the width of the road is too small in view of the growing volume of traffic. It needs upgradation said the ZSF and added that quality of the road should be maintained by the NEC. Giving the length of Guite Road as 128.17 kms with the amount sanctioned by the NEC pegged at Rs 8251.79 lakhs, ZSF said that the specification laid down is that the minimum width of the road should be 24 feet. Tender notice has also been served for the road with an estimated cost of Rs 3696.87 lakhs and the State PWD will be the implementing agency.
On the progress of the work, ZSF said that the construction work has been done on and off or partially along the stretch. Several contractors had started their work way back in November last year, said the student body and added that only a few of them have executed the work in conformity with the NEC specifications. The executed work portion are flooded with stag- nant water, pot holes mud and landslides.
Contrary to the specifications, the formation and cutting works executed till date are too narrow with some limited to only 14 to 18 feet against the specified 24 feet, alleged ZSF. Proper maintenance of the completed road portion is absent, said the student body and added that widening work can be seen only in and around 6 portions amongst which only one portion is found satisfactorily.
The total road length where the work is in progress is approximately 25 kms. Asserting that the villagers along Guite road, are satisfied with the ongoing work, ZSF said that the contractors are not adhering to the specifications laid down by the NEC. The work force is too small and no proper maintenance could be seen, asserted ZSF.