WILLIMANAGAR, Sep 15: A conglomeration of NGOs from the town of Williamnagar has served a 15 day ultimatum to complete work on an old incomplete bridge on the outskirts of the town of Williamnagar in East Garo Hills which has been lying incomplete for over a decade.
The ultimatum was served on Thursday last by a conglomeration of NGOs including the GSU, FAF, AIGU and ICFS who threatened further agitation if their demand for the completion of work on the bridge (Rongap) in Baiza is not met by September 28. The memorandum to this effect was submitted to the deputy commissioner (Incharge) of EGH, SK Marak.
“This bridge has remained the same for close to a decade despite the main work on the bridge being completed many years ago. It is now become a joke for all that despite only earthwork remaining, there is literally no progress,” said AIGU general secretary, TD Shira.
According to locals, after close to a decade of inactivity, earth filling for one section of the bridge had begun last year though the other section remains untouched. The sanction for the bridge is quite old and most remember it of being over a decade since the bridge was started.
“The non completion of the bridge is causing tremendous hardships to the locals and God forbid something happens to the temporary one, the entire town stands to be cut off from the rest of Garo Hills,” added the NGOs in the memo.
“We request the concerned department to look into the matter seriously and complete the bridge within 15 days from the time of submission of this memo or we will be forced to launch an agitation on the matter,” added the NGOs.
The NGOs have also decided to hold a meeting on the matter on September 28 to look at agitation options if the work was not completed as per their demands.
The Rongap bridge is the second of its kind in Williamnagar which has taken ages to complete after the Simsang bridge took a mind boggling 33 years to complete. The Simsang bridge was opened to public a few years ago despite work on the bridge starting in the 1980s.