SHILLONG, July 06: The Central government along with the state government of Meghalaya have been directed by the Meghalaya High court to show cause on the status of over Rs. 2 crores which was unspent during in the construction of National Highway 44E.
This directive from the court came on Friday after a practicing lawyer of the Court, Arnold G Momin had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in which he had opined that there are financial irregularities in the construction of this National Highway.
In the PIL, Momin pointed out that the Public Works Department (PWD) of the Government of Meghalaya had demanded a sum of Rs. 2390.89 crore for the project, but the Government of India had sanctioned a sum of Rs. 2319.44 crore for the entire project.
Momin had submitted before the court that he had sought information under the RTI Act from the PWD (NH), Office of the Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills (WGH) district and the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills (EKH) district about the amount earmarked for the construction of the road and for payment of compensation to landowners.
The information received in this regard was that out of a total sanctioned amount of Rs. 2319.44 crore, a sum of Rs. 2028,39,21,873 has been spent. However, there was no explanation about the remaining balance of Rs. 291,04,78,127.
The court being satisfied about the anomalies and financial discrepancies in this regard, has directed the Union of India as well as the State of Meghalaya to submit their show cause in this regard within four weeks.