Junior Railway Minister Rajen Gohain is likely to visit Bogibeel on Sunday to take stock of the situation as construction works have been affected following clash of two groups of sub-contractors.
The Railway Ministry on Saturday sent two senior officials to Dibrugarh to resolve the crisis. The two-member team consists of Nilesh Kishore Prasad, general manager (construction) NF railway and Mahesh Kumar Gupta, member (engineering) railway board and ex-officio secretary to the Government of India.
The two officials are scheduled to hold a discussion with representatives of the two warring groups, railway officials as well as senior civil and police officials at the Bogibeel bridge site.
Clash between workers of two sub-contractors has hit the construction work of Bogibeel bridge.
According to reports, two groups of workers under two sub-contractors have been engaged in the super-structure work of the 4.94-km long bridge.
While one group was working in the river’s North bank (Dhemaji side), the other group was engaged in the South bank (Dibrugarh side). The dispute arose after workers from the North bank reportedly carried out construction activities on the other side violating an earlier agreement.
According to source, there was a mutual understanding between the two sub-contractors that each party will do the concreting work on 20 upper deck slabs each on the bridge’s superstructure. But the North bank contractor disregarding the agreement went on to complete concreting work of 30 deck slabs.
“There was a mutual understanding between the two sub-contractors that each party will do the concreting work on 20 upper deck slabs each on the bridge superstructure. But the North bank contractor disregarding the agreement went on to complete concreting work of 30 deck slabs. On Wednesday morning a clash broke out between the two parties resulting in complete halt of work. We are hopeful of resolving the dispute soon,” a railway official said.
We are hopeful that the bridge will be completed in this year but if work stopped for four days at a stretch then this will impact the progress of the work. Already the project has missed numbers of deadlines and if such things would not sought out at the earliest it will have a great impact on the project,” official sources said.