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Massive irregularity and violation of norms in the construction of Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) road at Mariyang in Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh has been reported by the local people as well as the officials of executing agencies.

The ongoing PMGSY road from Mariyang ADC headquarter to Millang village worth Rs 4.95 crore was funded by the Ministry of Rural Development (Bharat Nirman), Government of India is being executed by Yingkiong division of Rural Works Department (RWD).

But, local people of Mariyang area alleged that construction work of the 10 km-long PMGSY is not improved even after the first-phase work was over.

Local say that the contractor (M/s- Agam Construction, East Siang district) is not following norms as per specified in the DPR thereby using inferior quality materials in the road construction

Thus, the narrow road with potholes filled with muddy debris and rough stone covering the longer portion is said to be unfit for plying of vehicles in rainy weather.

“We are demanding proper inquiry into the irregularities and violation of norms by the contractor concerned and take action against the firm house entrusted in the road construction”, said Mida Modi, president of All Millang Students Union (AMSU) of Mariyang.

Besides the students union and local villagers, a group of advocates from Mariyang including Angki Modi, Tokmin Modi, Orin Modi and others have threatened authority to move Gauhati High Court against the reported irregularity and misappropriation of public money in the PMGSY scheme.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Upper Siang Taper Pada following public complaint regarding irregularity regarding construction of Mariyang to Millang PMGSY road, ordered RWD’s Executive Engineer (Yingkiong division) to take necessary action after conducting spot verification of the ongoing road works.

Assistant Engineer of RWD (Yingkiong) Eda Boko along with supervising Junior Engineer, who visited Mariyang-Millang PMGSY road Monday, said that he was not satisfied with the quality of the work carried out by the contractor.

Boko said that it was ongoing work so that the officials earlier instructed the contractor to follow DPR and maintain quality of road work, but he was found ‘arrogant’.

Prafulla Kaman

Prafulla Kaman is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhemaji. He can be reached at: pkradio16@gmail.com