SILCHAR, Dec 5: Road construction in Silchar under the Rs 63 crore Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) scheme has been stalled after contractors refused to undertake construction work of these roads. This was informed by PWD engineers to the district Congress leaders in a warm up meeting for the 2011 Assembly election.
The PWD engineers further told district Congress president Karnendu Bhattacharjee and other Congress leaders in the meeting that the State Government was allegedly delaying the payment of the contractors due to which they have resorted to take this extreme step.
PWD (Rural) executive engineer Imran Hussain Choudhury also said that they had invited tenders from contractors for works under CRF nine times but the contractors had refused to turn up. As a result, work for maximum roads could not be allotted. It was further reported that only Rs 2 crore had been released for the contractors although the total bill amounts to Rs 23 crore.
Similarly, for the Airport-Silchar VIP road in Kumbhirgram, which has been completed, only Rs 1.5 crore has been released against a total amount of Rs 7 crore. PHE executive engineer Gautam Paul, on the other hand, informed the Congress leaders that the pipeline in Silchar has 27 leakage points and that the department was preparing a detailed project report for revamping the entire pipeline.
Karnendu Bhattacharjee, in the meeting, assured the official former Union Minister SM Dev that he would himself take up the matter relating to the release of funds with the Centre and the State Government. The meeting was also attended by Silchar Municipality Board Chairperson Susmita Dev. THE SENTINEL