Tusom villagers appeal

Mungchan Zimik
Ukhrul, Aug 20: Expressing dismay at the National Quality Monitoring (NQM) team who conducted survey of the PMGSY road construction in the area recently, the Tusom, Joint village Authority & Village Development Council today urged the NQM to conduct re-inspection of the road in the interest of the villagers.
According to the villagers, NQM team led by Anil Kumar along with MSRRDA engineer visited the area for checking the quality and implementation of the works in two different area from Chingai to Tusom and Kharasom to Tusom.
They mentioned that the village elders sought to highlight the problems and issues of the villagers concerning the PMGSY road. The team however, flatly rejected their approach, they said.
According to them, three Bailey bridges constructed in the areas are of substandard quality.
"As per specification, the bailey bridges were supposed to be of 100 feet long. However, they were reduced to half the specified length. The bridges are much lower than they are supposed to be and the bottoms are touching water level. The bridged have single iron beam instead of two," they alleged.
They have apprehension that the river would easily wash away the bridges.
The ongoing blacktopping work on road in the area is  below their expectations and is 'sub- standard', they said while urging authorities to widen the 'rocky portion between Challou and Tusom at the earliest for more convenience.
While appealing the authorities to address their grievances at the earliest, the villagers cautioned that they will approach the Minister concerned for strict action if their plights are not heard.