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Team studies corridor

Guwahati, June 19: A two-member team from the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) in Delhi today carried out an on-the-spot study of a stretch of the under-construction East West Corridor in the Harangajao area of Dima Hasao district.

Work in this part of the project has suffered particularly on account of landslides.

The team consisting of Guru Vittal and Sanjay Gupta collected soil and rock samples from the area for conducting tests and then make necessary recommendations to ensure the road remained safe.

Among others who accompanied them were Guwahati-based chief general manager (technical), National Highways Authority of India, Col Sanjay Bajpayee, Kodoru Satyanarayana, director-general (retd), roads, of the ministry of transport and N.C. Saxena of the International Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd, which is the consultant to the Assam segment of the Silchar-Saurashtra East West Corridor project.

Dhrubendu Shekhar Bhattacharya, pradesh convener, Assam, North East India Sampark Cell of the BJP, who also accompanied the team, said the CRRI was expected to submit its report soon.

Bhattacharya had earlier this month written to Nitin Gadkari, minister for road transport, highways and shipping, pointing out the inordinate delay in completion of the project that was started in 1999. The CRRI team’s visit was at the instance of the ministry.

Bhattacharya told The Telegraph this evening that he had also requested the visiting team to take samples of bitumen to ascertain whether the material was used in right proportion. During his visit to the area earlier, Bhattacharya was able to scoop out surface of the road at some places with his bare hands which suggested poor workmanship.

“It was also felt the road may have to be realigned for about a 300-metre stretch near the Bodo Milkow village,” he said. Besides, at one place the earth had also caved in, he said.