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MDTOA indefinite chakka bandh from Nov 21

Published on 19 Nov. 2017 11:13 PM IST
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Mokokchung District Truck Owners’ Association (MDTOA) on Sunday decided to go ahead with its earlier call for an indefinite chakka bandh on National Highway 702D (Marani-Mokokchung road) from November 21 “until and unless the concerned authorities repair/improves the road.” 
During the bandh, no commercial vehicles-trucks and pick-ups, would be allowed to ply along Mokokchung-Marani and Mokokchung-Amguri section. 
In a statement, MDTOA president, Sangyumongba Ao and general secretary, Imtisumak said the association was totally appalled at the “blatant lie” of Executive Engineer, PWD NH division - II Mokokchung. It accused the official of submitting a “false report” on November 10 to Mokokchung Deputy Commissioner that the road condition was good and that vehicles were “plying very well”. 
Asserting that the trucks owners were incurring heavy losses due to bad road conditions, the MDTOA warned the government that the bandh will continue until the responsible authorities repair/improves the road. 
MDTOA said it was compelled to go ahead with the bandh since there was “no tangible improvement” of the road taken up by the department” despite submitting memorandums (on Oct. 30 and Nov. 14), demanding that road be repaired before November 20. 
To get first hand information on EE’s claim, MDTOA said its officials, along with representatives of Mokokchung Town Lanur Telongjem and Mokokchung District Pick-up Truck Union, conducted on-spot inspection and found the road condition not only pathetic but dangerous to ply. In view of the above, MDTOA warned the EE not to mislead the public, when lives and livelihood of the people were at stake. 
MDTOA further said it had turned down the appeal made by DC Mokokchung on November 17, to extend the dateline to ten days, as no visible road improvement work was taken up by the department till date. 
Meanwhile, MDTOA has requested the public to bear with the inconveniences. It also acknowledged the understanding and support extended by MTLT and MDPTU. 

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