Silchar, Nov. 26: A team from the BJP’s Cachar district unit today visited tunnel 7 and 10 of the Silchar-Lumding broad-gauge project near Haflong, the headquarters of Dima Hasao district.
The progress of work on these two tunnels is key to completion of the project. While tunnel 7 is located at Mahur, tunnel 10 is located near Jatinga.
During the visit, Silchar MP Kabindra Purkayastha expressed concern over the progress of work on the tunnels.
“The pace of work at tunnel 10 is somewhat satisfactory but we are really worried about tunnel 7, where the work is slow. If this continues, people will not be able to see the completion of the broad gauge by 2014,” he said.
ABCI, a Silchar-based construction company, has the contract for completion of the tunnels.
Cachar district BJP president Kaushik Rai told reporters at Mahur that after their assessment they were sure that tunnel 7 would not be completed in time.
“The people as well as our party are losing faith in ABCI. It no longer enjoys the trust of the people,” he added.Deputy chief engineer Ajay Pradhan, however, said the project should be completed by September 2014.
“On a monthly basis, we are completing 20-25m of tunnel 7. Though we are facing various problems, the project should be completed according to schedule,” he said.
Purkayastha said, “I am going to raise this issue again in the next session of Parliament.”
Sources said the main hindrance in completion of tunnel 7 was that 95m of completed tunnel needed to be dismantled, which might delay the project’s completion.