SHILLONG, Feb 28: In the wake of the accident at Nongspung, West Khasi Hills (WKH) district which has claimed the lives of 17 people, the Hynniewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF) has demanded that the state government directs the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to remake the national highway 44E in the district.
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, HNYF-Western Region president KS Rani alleged that the whole detailed project report (DPR) for the road prepared by the NHAI was full of flaws adding that the state PWD was not part of the process.
He also lamented the failure of the PWD to pin point these flaws in the DPR.
The road is being constructed by a company BSC which is engaged by the NHAI.
According to him, there is hardly any slope or gradient constructed along this national highway which is seen in other roads in the state.
“Therefore we demand the state government to immediately ask the NHAI to direct the construction company to remake the national highway by ensuring that it has slope or gradient especially in portions where there are turnings in order to prevent such tragic incident from happening in the future,” Rani said.
Further, the HNYF also condemned the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma and his Ministers for not visiting the affecting families of the victims who were killed and injured in the accident.
Lambasting the government’s failure to improve the health care facilities in the state, he said, “We demand that the government ensures that all health centres are equipped and able to provide quality services.”
“If the government is willing to spend crores of rupees in festivals then it should not be a problem for it to invest more money on the health sector,” he added.
Meanwhile, the HNYF also demanded the state government to immediately pay compensation to all the victims even as it urged upon all the drivers to avoid over-speeding and reckless driving.