14th October, 2014

The ACAUT Nagaland totally condemns the blatant day-light robbery that Gayatri-Maytas has committed by siphoning off funds meant for the 2-laning of Longleng-Changtongya, Mon-Tamlu-Merangkong, Phek-Pfutsero and Zunheboto-Chakabama road under SARDP (Phase 1), Government of India. It is indeed most disheartening to note that instead of bringing joy the project has been a nightmare for the people of these districts since traveling is almost impossible now, not to speak of destruction of prime farming areas, houses, properties and irreparable ecological damage.

ACAUT also demands to know form the Ministry of Road and Surface transport as to how the contract was awarded to Gayatri-Maytas resvised 3100 not accepted 1900 rejected C.E. office.

Though Rs. 1,130 Crores was sanctioned and Gayatri-Maytas wass awarded this project on 4/2/11, even after 3 years the project has barely taken off and Gayatri-Maytas has already jumped ship. To execute this project, Gayatri-Maytas had to first deposit Rs. 500 Crores as Security Deposit with the state Government. However, shockingly, it has come to the knowledge of ACAUT Nagaland that the firm was allowed to withdraw Rs. 350 crores when the project was not even 1/4th executed. So the question is who authorized this withdrawal? To add salt to injury, it is being learnt that Gayatri-Maytas is again desperately trying to withdraw the balance amount of Rs. 150 crores which is an insult to the state.

ACAUT demands that the Chief Engineer, NH Nagaland to immediately Blacklist this firm within one week from the issue of this press statement and forward it to GOI and under no circumstances should the Rs. 150 Cr be allowed to be withdrawn by the State Government. ACAUT demands that there should be nothing less than a CBI enquiry to dig out the whole story as to how this lapse was allowed to occur. Unless there is a CBI probe, the possibility of unearthing the whole scandal and thereby fixing responsibility upon the erring firm and government officials is next to impossible. The ACAUT solicits support from all quarters in its demand for CBI enquiry into this corruption issue in days to come.

Media Cell, ACAUT Nagaland.

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