Wednesday, February 8, 2023

High Court orders contractor tocomplete Package I & II road work

Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench directed M/s Ramky-ECI (JV) to complete the four-lane road work in respect of Package I & II within the timeframe already given by it.
A two-bench judge comprising Justice LS Jamir and Justice Songkhupchung Serto also ordered M/s Oasis Techno Construction Ltd and National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) to have a deliberation with respect to Package III in presence of the learned amicus curiae.
They also directed NHIDCL to take the initiative for the deliberation. While ordering to list the matter again for October 27, 2022 the court ruled that the three directors of M/s Oasis Techno Construction Ltd should be present before it.
The court perused the progress report filed by the authority engineer with regard to Packages I, II and III. As regards Package I & II, the judges noted that some work had been done but at a very minimal level.
So far as Package III was concerned, they noted that not much progress had been made due to frequent rains. Further, it was stated that the newly-appointed contractor was expected to continue work till new arrangements were made.
At this stage, senior counsel KP Pathak assisted by M Arora, counsel for M/s Oasis Techno Construction Ltd, submitted that the three directors of the company could not appear before the court on Wednesday as directed on September 28, 2022 due to health reasons. He also made a proposal to have a deliberation with authorities of NHIDCL with regard to Package III in presence of amicus curiae. The proposal made by the senior counsel was accepted by S Borgohain, counsel for NHIDCL, in the interest of public.

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