Imphal, Sept 28:
Longmai (Simbutlong) Land Ownership’s Welfare Association (LOWA) Noney Sub-Division, Noney District Manipur denounced the sorry state of affairs on the part of the sub-standard work site for the 11-1, Noney and the ill-fated project that cannot be accepted by the Government and the public.
A Press release by LOWA said, “W. Ratan Kumar Singh, Special Class Contractor, MTDC has withdrawn Rs. 70 lakhs of the project cost, i.e., Rs. 5,01,05,337/- on July 1, 2021, and it has been nearly 2 years (15 months) that even the work of foundation remains at still without progress. The huge amount released for foundation and infrastructure development cannot be allowed to be neglected for so long lest the time bound work of the project for 18 months is being lapsed soon as it has been 15 months are over by now without any progress.”
The Zeliangrong Students’ Union and LOWA had visited the site and found it unfit and substandard and was reported to the Minister concerned. LOWA demanded that the concerned contractor be removed from work and another fit and honest contractor be entrusted.
The press release further said, “This association, as a donor of the land, appeals to Heikham Dingo Singh, Minister Social Welfare, Skill Labour, Employment, Entrepreneurship & Fisheries, Manipur, to take up appropriate action to rescind the work of the said project from the name of W. Ratan Kumar Singh, Special Class Contractor, MTDC to another contractor who would do the needful work as per the guidelines of the project ITI, Noney. The public resentment is ripe to launch an agitation if the action is delayed.”