Wednesday, February 8, 2023

HC complex issue: Dr. Chumben dismisses Cong charges

Law & Justice adviser Dr Chumben Murry has dismissed All India Congress Committee (AICC) media coordinator Mahima Singh’s allegations of irregularities in construction of the new high court complex at Kohima as false.
In a statement, Murry claimed that after having taken over as adviser of Law & Justice department seven months ago, he had been closely monitoring the construction of the new high court complex and had visited the site twice, second time being last month. He clarified that, for the information of Ms Singh, it was not a ghost complex.
He noted that Singh sounded assertive but, while some of her observations related to UCC and CAA relevant to Nagaland were appreciated, her rantings on the high court complex had been fed with falsified information made to confuse people and amount to mudslinging.
He said Congress might do well to dwell on its goodness, if any, rather than resort to cheap gimmick of futile finger pointing and should act like a major party.
Murry stated that the project was approved in 2011 when Congress was in power at the Centre, but it unfortunately did not ensure that sufficient fund was provided to it unlike in Manipur and Mizoram. Hence, he claimed that the State government under the able statesmanship of chief minister Neiphiu Rio boldly started the project with meagre State funds.
He admitted that the project that was to be completed within three years took unusually long time because of meagre fund flow, CBI case, protracted monsoon and Covid-19 pandemic.
As per the revised detailed project report (DPR), he said the total project cost for the high court complex and residential quarters was Rs 122 crore, of which only Rs 34 crore had been sanctioned against physical achievement of 95%.
He mentioned that the cost of residential quarters for judges was Rs 38 crore with a physical achievement of 65 percent against a release of meagre Rs 10 lakh.
Murry stated that he appreciated the contractor for the good physical achievement in spite of low funding. He also invited Mahima Singh or any other sceptic to visit the magnificent “nowhere to be seen” complex under construction situated in northern Kohima area.

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