TURA, Oct 08: Two roads, both National Highways (62 and 51) are set to get a complete facelift if a reply by the MoRTH is anything to go by after a complaint was filed by an NGO from Garo Hills on the pitiable state of the two roads.
The reply from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to a question posed by the Achik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum (AIJIF) which sought information and rectification of the two highways mentioned above stated that the DPR for the NH 62 was being worked out while the repair of the NH 51 from Tura to Dalu would begin this season.
The AIJIF had earlier written to the Prime Minister on the pitiable condition of the 2 highways and sought his intervention into the matter following which the same was forwarded to the National Highways Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NHIDCL). The letter was sent on September 16 with a reply sent to the NGO by the NHIDCL on October 5.
In the letter, the NHIDCL explained that the NH 51 was earlier under PWD (Roads) and the same was taken over only in September this year.
“The civil work contract for development of NH 51 to 2 lane standard has been awarded under EPC mode of execution under JICA ODA loan and process for declaration of appointed date has been initiated and work for 2 laning is likely to be started this working season. The maintenance of the highway is the responsibility of the EPC contractor up to the defect liability period,” stated the NHIDCL in its letter to the AIJIF.
On the question of the NH 62, the NHIDCL letter read, “NHIDCL is preparing DPR for developing the present highway into 2 lane shoulder. Presently the highway is being maintained by the state PWD, Meghalaya.”
“This is very good news for us in Garo Hills as two of the worst roads in the state will soon become world class if the reputation of the NHIDCL is anything to go by. We just hope the NH 62 stretch is done on an urgent basis as the scope for tourism in South Garo Hills (SGH) has no limit. The development of the road will also solve most of the problems of communication within the same area,” said Alex K Sangma, the director of AIJIF while welcoming the development.