TDC refutes allegations by NHIDCL
“Allegations made by National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) against the State concerning the delay in construction of Barak and Makru Bridge are baseless. The delay is not caused by poor law and order situation of the State.”
President, Transporters and Drivers Council (TDC), Hijam Ranjit Singh made the statement during a press conference held today at its head office located at M.G. Avenue, Imphal.
He said the delay in construction of the two bridges is not due to the alleged poor governance of law and order by the State. TDC has proof of how the construction is being done, he said. The council strongly condemn the allegations raised by NHIDCL against the government, he further said adding it is suspected that the allegations were raised under a certain policy for their own benefits.
The delay in construction is not related with the prevailing law and order. He said some of the member of the council took photographs of the construction site of Makru bridge and only three labourers were found at the site.
He said TDC submitted a written letter to chief minister, N. Biren on April 2 stating that the construction process is much delayed and the progress should be made faster in order to remove the grievances of the public. However, TDC did not give a deadline for completion of the bridges as the council only urged to speed up the construction progress, he added.
Ranjit futher said NHIDCL must not raise issues for the delay in construction by blaming on bad law and order situations. If the delay is caused by withdrawal of security forces than what progresses were made while security forces were being deployed there, he questioned.
NHIDCL had also alleged that the frequent need of repairing the said bridges is due to overloading of goods trucks by TDC. He said the trucks of the Council only carry goods as per motor vehicle act that also below recommended weight limit.
If the trucks are supposedly carrying overloaded goods than the council is ready to carry only the loads stated by NHIDCL but who will take the responsibility of price hike of essential goods and others, he further questioned. NHIDCL is meant to measure weight of goods but they are not the authority to overlook the act and rules of MV act, he claimed.
The issue is being created by NHIDCL who joined with Bharatia Infra Project Limited (BIPL) in order to defame TDC, he alleged. It may be mentioned that construction works of the bridges are taken by BIPL.
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