Silchar, Sept. 2: Dispur has cleared a Rs 31-crore project to repair the 35km inter-district PWD Road that connects the Silchar Medical College and Hospital at Ghungoor, NIT Silchar at Silcoorie and the Assam Central University at Dargakona.
Public health and engineering department minister Goutam Roy last night said the project, slated to begin this month, would be completed in two phases.
He said “incompetent and lackadaisical repair work” on the road, popularly known as the second link road between Silchar, Dargakona and Hailakandi, was in a deplorable condition.
A PWD official said funds had been sanctioned to repair some stretches of the road at least four times since the Assam Central University was set up in 1994. But every time the road would return to the deplorable state because of alleged corruption among government engineers and contractors.
A retired political science professor in Assam Central University, Tanmoy Bhattacharjee, said, “This road to the university via medical college and Silchar NIT is a despicable example of what corruption can do to public work and welfare.”
The authorities repaired the road only after university students staged a protest in front of the office of the Cachar deputy commissioner on August 21.
Cachar deputy commissioner G.M. Hazarika said Rs 8.5 crore would be sanctioned in the first phase. A blueprint of the scheme is being prepared. The Assam PWD’s NEC branch will undertake construction of the road, he added.
Roy said an outlay of about Rs 22.5 crore has been envisaged for the second phase, which is scheduled to start in December.