Minister Pijush Hazarika asks NHIDCL to improve road condition between Biswanath Chariali & Gohpur


Guwahati: Biswanath district’s guardian minister and Assam government’s minister of water resources, information, and public relations Pijush Hazarika today reviewed the progress of work under various departments at a meeting held at Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall.

Taking note of the deplorable road condition between Biswanath Chariali and Gohpur town, the minister said that till the completion of the four-lane project on the stretch, the current road should be in motorable condition.

He has issued instructions to National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) to immediately undertake repair work on the current road so that commuters do not face discomfort while traveling on the stretch. He has also directed the Deputy Commissioner of Biswanath to make regular visits to assess the progress of work. He also asked NHIDCL to expedite four-laning work on the stretch.

With regard to the implementation of projects under the Public Works Department (PWD) in the district, the minister asked the department to construct high-quality roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY). He said the government will not tolerate any compromise on the quality of work and the contractors should be issued directions accordingly.

“If the public is not satisfied with the quality of work, the government will not sit idle. Action would be initiated against contractors those who construct poor-quality roads,” said Mr. Hazarika. The minister has decided to hold another meeting exclusively with PWD officials and contractors in the next 15 days to further assess the quality of work under various road projects.

Reviewing the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY), Mr. Hazarika said the concerned department should ensure that no eligible beneficiary is left out from availing benefit under the scheme. He also issued instructions to speed up the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in the district so that every household is provided with a tap-water connection by 2024. He also asked the agriculture department to ensure that all eligible farmers in the district avail the benefits under the PM-KISAN scheme.

Further, the minister has asked the social welfare department to identify the 50 most malnourished children in the district and those children would be adopted by the minister, local MP, and MLAs and all their expenses with regard to nutrition and diet would be taken care of by them.

The minister also reviewed the progress of work of Medical and Engineering Colleges in the district.

Today’s meeting was also attended by Tezpur MP Mr. Pallab Lochan Das, Biswanath MLA Mr. Promod Borthakur, Gohpur MLA Mr. Utpal Borah, Behali MLA Mr. Ranjit Dutta, DC Biswanath Mr. Pranab Kumar Sarmah, SP Biswanath Ms. Leena Doley, SDO(C) Gohpur Mr. Aditya Vikram Yadav, ADCs, administrative officers and heads of concerned departments.