Reacting to the news of “…substandard road work at Chozuba” that was published in the local newspapers, the contractor of the road project on Wednesday clarified that the construction of the said road was progressing well.

The social media post to which the Advisor for CAWD and Taxes, Kudecho Khamo, reacted was “when the contractor was trying to clear the unwanted weeds which had sprouted on the surface while the work had stopped following incessant rain during the Grade-I and Grade-II works period.”

“The work for the said project resumed only after burning the weeds and also spraying herbicides on the spot. The remaining works, including laying of Grade-III, are yet to be completed,” the contractor, Zakie Angami, further clarified.

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“As the contractor of the project, we have been following all laid down specifications by the PWD (R&B) to deliver quality work at all costs,” he added.

While appreciating the Advisor for his concern about the quality of work in Chozuba town, the contractor regretted that Khamo reacted “merely based on the social media posts and went to the extent of making false demands for action against the contractor without seeking any clarification from either the department or the contractor, which shows his immaturity while also tarnishing the image of the contractor as well as the department.”

The contractor also alleged that, while the work was in progress, two people from the area have been creating a nuisance against the workforce by damaging the surfaces with vehicle keys on the pretext of quality checks.

“While also claiming to be landowners, they even went to the extent of threatening the workers, because of which many laborers have fled the site,” the contractor claimed.

“They have been identified as Mutsekhoyi Lohe and Vekuvoyi Lohe belonging to Yoruba village,” he added.

In this connection, the contractor requested the ADC Chozuba to check such unwanted activities so that the project can be completed on time.

Mokokchung Times

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