NHIDCL is in process of retendering works for two packages of Shillong-Dawki road

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Deputy Chief Minister in-charge PWD (Roads) Prestone Tynsong on Friday said the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) is in the process of retendering the works for two of the five packages of the Shillong-Dawki road project.

 

Tynsong told reporters that the contractors implementing package 1 and package 5 have surrendered the work recently.

 

“Now, the NHIDCL is in the process of retendering the works,” he said.

 

Referring to the criticism against inability of the government to provide land, the deputy chief minister said there are sections of the road where the government till now has to negotiate with the land owners.

 

He also asked the people, who are blaming the government, to also help in resolving this chronic problem relating to unavailability of land due to the peculiar land tenure system in Meghalaya.

 

“The land belongs to the people and even though laws are in place but if an individual is not willing to part the land, you cannot do anything,” he said.

 

“Therefore, I request all the stakeholders to please cooperate and don’t be so selfish at least if a road construction is there, it is for your benefit and also for the benefit of the state as a whole,” Tynsong added.

 

Stating that the Shillong-Dawki road is a very important project for the state, the deputy CM however said some of the land owners are not willing to part with their land despite efforts made by the deputy commissioner to convince them.

 

“Therefore, it takes a lot of time and the challenge we have is huge,” he said.

 

Asked, Tynsong informed that the government is yet to hand over 10 percent of land to the NHIDCL due to unavailability of land. “But 90 percent we have already handed over the land for the implementation of the project,” he added.

 

The road project is funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at an estimated cost of Rs 1187.5 crore. Including land acquisition the total project cost was estimated at Rs 1377.5 crore.