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Forum questions quality of materials used in construction
TURA: A locality body from Tura on Thursday raised questions over the quality of materials being used in the ongoing construction of the P A Sangma Stadium at Dakopgre in Tura and urged Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Banteidor Lyngdoh to look into the matter. Members of the New Tura Development Forum (NTDF) recently carried out an inspection of the construction site where they questioned the size, shape and quality of materials like the kind of stones being used including lack of supervision and monitoring during the construction. According to the forum, good quality stones like those available in the region and approved by the government are not being used in the construction. Pointing out that during their repeated visits to the construction site they neither met any supervisor nor came across any monitoring of the said work, the forum urged the Sports Minister to direct specialists and experts to monitor the ongoing work and verify the quality of materials being used so that overall quality of work is achieved in the construction.

Complaint against contractor for delay in building bridges
TURA: Concern has been raised over the delay in construction of the Soksan bridge at Mendipathar in North Garo Hills even though funds had been sanctioned by the government back in 2016 after it was washed away in the devastating 2014 floods. In this regard, a complaint has been made to the Chief Engineer of PWD Roads and Bridges, Shillong by Advocate and social activist Rinaldo K Sangma who said that although the bridge was supposed to have been completed within 24 months after it was sanctioned, nothing has been done. The contract work for the construction was allotted to Bimal Kumar Agarwal from Fancy Valley locality in Tura. “The construction of the RCC bridge was supposed to be completed last year. However, not even a single support post has been erected till date despite a whopping amount of funds being sanctioned for it. Going by the lack of progress on the bridge construction, it appears that the contractor has totally abandoned the construction work,” Sangma said adding that they would have no option but to knock on the doors of the HC if work was not re-started.

Delay in project completion
TURA: The delay in the completion of a school building in North Garo Hills which was sanctioned in 2008 has compelled one citizen to file a complaint against the contractor concerned to the Director of School Education and Literacy, Shillong. The funds for the construction of the Mendipathar Secondary School building was sanctioned by the DoNER Ministry in 2008 and the failure to complete the construction has prompted Rinaldo K Sangma, a resident of Resubelpara to complain against the contractor. Sangma while adding that the site of the construction now lies overgrown with shrubs due to long abandonment has urged authorities to conduct an inquiry into the matter take action against the erring contractor.

Family strengthening prog
SHILLONG: A family strengthening programme (FSP) was held at SOS Children’s Village, Shillong with an aim to ensure holistic development to 439 children from nearby villages namely Mynsain, Pynthor, Umktieh Pyllun and Mawlyndep. FSP Shillong also organised a programme on the occasion of World Skills Youth Day in collaboration with NIAM Educational Foundation at its campus on Monday where speakers highlighted the importance of skill training institutes in the state which in turn provide opportunities to rural youths in the form of different trades.

50 yrs of bank nationalisation
SHILLONG: The Meghalaya unit of All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC) will observe the Golden Jubilee of Bank nationalisation day along with all the other state units on Friday, a release issued here informed. AIBOC is the largest apex tradeunion organisation of Bank officers representing 3.20 lakh members in public, private sector banks, Regional Rural Banks and Cooperative Banks.

ISKCON caravan
SHILLONG: A group of more than 200 Hare Krishna devotees from ISKCON Shilong organised a singing and dancing caravan in the city recently. There were international devotees from Ukraine, Russia, Germany, South Africa, Canada and many more from ISKCON Guwahati. The caravan started mildly in the beginning but gradually picked up the spiritually synergising mood.

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