GHC directs formation of NH 53 monitoring committee

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IMPHAL August 2:  Corresponding to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) made in regard to the alleged slow and deplorable work progress carried out by the BRO/BRTF along the NH 53, the Gauhati High Court in a directive today ordered the constitution of a monitoring committee to oversee the presently ongoing construction works along the highway.

A double bench sitting by justice TNK Singh and Mutum BK Singh directed the constitution of the committee comprising of one superintending engineer of the PWD, one police officer not below the rank of DIG, senior advocate of GHC, L Shyamkishwor Singh, commander of BRTF(GREF) headquarter, Transport director of Manipur, chief engineer of the NF railway, deputy commissioner of Tamenglong and Ng Haridas, general secretary of the Transporters’ and Drivers’ Council Manipur.

The director of the Transport department will be the convener of the monitoring committee and shall submit reports every month or within periods given by the court.

During the proceeding of the court, SE of the BRTF, PN Yadav and executive engineer (GREF) appeared before the court today. They voiced that the development of the highway will be completed by December 2013. Further, Maku bridge and Barak bridge will be completed within November this year, they added.

Senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners had a heated argument with the BRTF representatives at the court today regarding the expedition of the construction works.

The petition also mentioned that crore of rupees have been spent in the highway construction without any significant developments and urged the concerned department to investigate into the matter.

The PIL advocated that the NH 39 is subject to frequent economic blockades and the only viable solution for the public and state government is the development of the NH 53.

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