Arunachal: Students body criticises execution of Trans-Arunachal Highway project, seeks Guv's intervention
The West Siang District Students' Union (WSDSU) has urged Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra to intervene and stop the improper execution of package-IX of the 37 Km long Nyigmoi to Pangin Trans-Arunachal Highway project.
In a letter addressed to the governor, the WSDSU alleged, "despite repeated complaints, no project manager has been appointed; no laboratory for soil testing has been established; technical personnel like site engineers, surveyors haven’t been deployed to date and deployment of machinery like excavators, bulldozers, dumpers, etc are grossly underrepresented."
It also said that the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation, which is responsible for highway projects, has "turned a blind eye to all the violations of the norms and guidelines."
"Unscientific earth-cutting and soil dumping have triggered landslides, thereby posing a great threat to lives of the commuters," the union said.
The union informed that it had sat for meetings with all the stakeholders and the West Siang deputy commissioner on March 17 and 23 to break the impasse.
"If the concerned agency is found not fit for the work already delayed, their contract should be terminated or transferred to a more capable and reliable agency," it said.
The union has also threatened to approach either the National Green Tribunal or file public interest litigation, which will be detrimental to the development of the state and West Siang in particular, it said.
(With inputs from agencies)
(Edited by Aparmita Das)
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