SHILLONG, July 04: The state government is facing stiff opposition from landowners and headmen in regard to its attempts to hand over the Shillong-Nongstoin-Tura road project to the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
A delegation under the banner of the Landowners & Headmen Association to Two Lane National Highway Nongstoin – Rambrai Kyrshai Road upto Meghalaya Assam Border also sought the intervention of the Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong who is also in charge of the Public Works Department (PWD), when it had met him here on Wednesday.
“We have expressed our deep concern regarding the move of the government to hand over the project to the NHIDCL without taking the stakeholders into consideration,” association publicity secretary BR Thabah said after meeting Prestone.
He said this was done at a time when the land acquisition process of the project has been initiated by the office of the Executive Engineer PWD (roads) after consultation and discussion with the landowners and headmen association.
“This move will also lead to landowners to be against the implementation of the project by NHIDCL due to language barrier and this will create a lot of hurdles and difficulties to the public especially landowners to communicate with the officials of NHIDCL regarding problems which will be faced during the time of construction,” Thabah said.
Thabah also said that the landowners and headmen are also of the opinion the project for upgradation of Shillong-Nongstoin-Tura raod to two lane national highway 44E & 127B under SARDP-NE Phase-A has been successfully implemented by the National Highway PWD (Roads) of the state.
“Hence, we have suggested the government to reconsider the matter of handing over the project to the NHIDCL,” he said.