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TURA: An FIR has been filed on Tuesday against four defaulting contractors who were in charge of undertaking periodic repairing on stretches of road along NH-62, the national highway which connects West Garo Hills and South Garo Hills.
The FIR was filed at Baghmara Police Station by a leader of the Baghmara Citizenship Forum (BCF), Chavan N Sangma, against Ohme Marak of Bongakona, Sibbari, M/S C L L International Limited of Hawakhana in Tura, M/S J C Infra Corporation Ltd from Brightwell Road, Barik in Shillong and MP Agarwal.
As per the FIR filed, a total length of 100 kilometres was allotted and divided between the four contractors for periodic repairs on their respective stretches. While M/S JC Infra Corporation Ltd has completed 12 Kms out of the total allotted 29 Kms, the residents alleged that work on it was unsatisfactory. Another Contractor, MP Agarwal has reportedly recently restarted the work but that also has been claimed to be not as per the plan of the PWD (Roads).
On the other hand, the other two contractors, Ohme Marak and M/S C L L International Ltd are yet to even start any kind of work till date.
Meanwhile, a rally was also organized on Wednesday to demand for immediate repair of the said road by the BCF in which, hundreds of residents from Baghmara and its adjoining areas along with members of NGOs like the GSU (SZ), ADE, AYWO, Mothers’ Union, FKJGP, Akim Saldora Society and the Baghmara Bazar Committee participated and while holding banners marched from Rangku Memorial Higher Secondary School to the Deputy Commissioner’s Office where a memorandum was submitted to the official to be handed over to Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma.
The residents along with the pressure groups have urged concerned authorities to take a strong stand against the defaulters and also to ensure that work on the road is resumed immediately.