East DC clamps down on NHIDCL for dismal road conditions

Gangtok, 07 Jul:

East District Collectorate has issued a "Conditional Order [U/S 133 CrPc]" today directing the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited [NHIDCL] to commence the maintenance work of NH 10 and Indira Bye Pass immediately. NHIDCL has also been directed to appear before the East DC on 23 July to show cause in writing as to why this order should not be made absolute under provisions of Section 138 of CrPC.

NHIDCL has been entrusted with the responsibility of repair, maintenance and management of NH 10 and Indira Bye Pass by the Government of India.

The East DC has passed the order in view of the dismal condition of roads along NH 10 and Indira Bye Pass. The order states that a detailed report has also been received from the Sub Divisional Magistrate, Rangpo after inspecting the highway between Rangpo and Singtam.

"It has been found that in several places potholes as deep as one foot have developed in the Highway causing great inconvenience to the public and vehicular traffic as well as posing a serious threat to the lives of the people. The pathetic condition of the Highway is also due to the blocked and choked drains long the road which has caused the rainwater to flow over the surface of the road," the order mentions.

Despite instructions being given to NHIDCL in several meetings held in the past few months, the DC notes that the response has been "far from satisfactory and no proper action has been taken till now by your organisation."

The order further reads "failure to comply with this conditional order, action shall be taken under the relevant provisions of law including registering of an FIR for negligence in duty and for violation of this order, etc."