4th May, 2015
The Central Government’s move to terminate the contract awarded to M/s Maytas-Gayatri for the highly controversial highway project in Nagaland is a step in the right direction. As per ACAUT Nagaland representation submitted to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on 30th November, 2015, during his visit to the state, it had demanded that the GoI review the project and institute a CBI probe into the scam in the light of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) damning report specifying the 2-laning project "revised estimate of 200% as shocking". MORTH had also termed the revision from initial Rs. 1296 Cr to a whopping Rs. 2978 Cr as "...funds meant for SARDP Nagaland Project were illegally diverted through manipulative method to derail Government of India’s objective as a growing economic superpower". Therefore, that the Modi Government has taken cognizance of the scam is laudable.
It is imperative that M/s Maytas-Gayatri is not only blacklisted but its officials responsible for the embezzlement of funds booked and jailed to set a befitting example; and the same yardstick should be applied to the conniving parties in the State R &B department. However, the State should not lose out on development front on account of corrupt officials for which MORTH and GoI are requested to kickstart the project, i.e., 2-laning of Longleng-Changtongya, Mon-Tamlu-Merangkong, Phek-Pfutsero and Zunheboto-Chekhabama at the earliest.
Media Cell, ACAUT Nagaland.