Residents of Mindikgre in South Garo Hills district have raised a complaint to the executive engineer of PWD of the district over the non completion of an 11 km road between Eringre and Mindikgre that was originally sanctioned in the last millennia.
According to the villagers, the road was sanctioned in the year 1997 and only about 1 km of the road has been blacktopped. However despite the passage of time, the work on the road is yet to be completed.
“It was taken up by PWD while it was still under the East Garo Hills division. Initially the department did a little work and black topped about 1 km. However since then there has been no progress. Once completed the road will form the shortest link between Karukol in SGH and Tura in WGH,” said Mindikgre resident, Greneth Sangma.
The village of Mindikgre is the nerve centre of the area, being connected to at least 20 villages of the area. Mindikgre is connected to Karukol via an all weather PMGSY road with another 10 villages falling in the same path.
“We may not be technical but there is no way 11 kms of roads would take 23 years and that too it has not been completed. It is the sheer lack of will on the part of the department and has made the villagers and Nokmas of the area fell extremely neglected,” said the social activist.
The activist added that since the Eringre – Mindikgre road is urrently under the NH division, there should be no issues in completing the road.
“The demand has always been to complete the project with black topping of the entire stretch. The needful has to be started with immediate effect,” said Sangma.