By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: Unknown miscreants on Friday last burned down a WMM Paver (asphalt paving machine) belonging to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) which was being used for construction work on the Shillong Bypass.
The incident which occurred around 14 kilometers from Umiam in Ri-Bhoi district, has been criticized by the NHAI, which will meet the State Chief Secretary soon to discuss the issue of security of equipments and workers engaged in the project.
Commenting on the incident, a senior NHAI official on Sunday said, “It is very surprising that some people do not want development to come to Meghalaya and probably that’s why they burned down our equipment.”
Meanwhile, the official informed that NHAI needed an additional 10 to 15 hectares of land to incorporate the new alignment in the four-lane project.
“We have already submitted the proposal for new alignment to the district administration,” the NHAI official added.