Siddhartha Bhattacharya warns water pipeline contractors to 'speed up' or 'quit'
GUWAHATI: Siddhartha Bhattacharya warns water pipeline contractors to shape up or ship out the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya minced no words and lambasted the contractors for the delay in the water pipeline project for Guwahati.
Speaking at an event in Bhutnath cremation ground here, the minister said that the work started in the year 2009. Nine years have gone and the companies were able to complete only 24% of the job. So it is certain that the work will not get done in coming eleven months. Bhattacharya also inaugurated the newly constructed Waiting Shed in memory of Late Justice Dr. B.P.Saraf at Bhootnath Crematorium.
Bhattacharya further stated that in the name of pipeline laying the contractors have been digging up the city roads left and right, which has become a time-consuming nuisance and nothing else. This un-planned and un-coordinated digging has created trouble for the daily commuters in the form of deposited sludge, dirt, mud and broken dusty roads.
They have also been digging newly-layered roads, which is an indicator of bad planning and the minister was unhappy about this whole affair.
Warning the firms the minister said that they should be ready to pack their bags if they can’t do the job properly and in time. Blasting the companies the minister further said that the companies were given the contract to do the job and not harass the common man with their unprofessional work culture of digging everything around and not completing the work in time.
The minister said that henceforth, the companies will have to inform the concerned departments in advance, where they will dig and lay pipes.
File photo of pipeline project in Guwahati and Siddhartha Bhattacharya