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NTC questions delay in completion of HC building project

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:11
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Dimapur, September 12: The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has questioned the delay in completion of the new High Court building project at Meriema, the foundation stone for which was laid in 2007. 

In the same year (2007), similar foundation stones for High Court buildings were laid in another three North East states, namely Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura. The 3 NE states have completed the projects and already established their respective separate High Courts since 2013, said the NTC in a press release.

Citing RTI reply, the NTC said the project in Nagaland was estimated at Rs 43 crores. During the year 2009-2014 (5 years perios), the Department of Law and Justice had drawn Rs 41.62 crores and for the period from 2015 to 2017 an amount of Rs 11.25 crores was drawn against the project. NTC revealed that there had been 18 drawals from 2009 to March 2017, and the amount came to the tune of Rs 52.63 crores as against the original estimate of Rs 43 crores.

The NTC pointed out that with the Rs 52.63 crores so far only 35% works has been achieved on the ground. It revealed that the Department of Law and Justice has now resorted to availing loan from HUDCO for the same project.

Considering such irregularities, the NTC said it is "highly perplexed" to observe that the legal fraternity has opted to watch such questionable developments under their nose in silence.

"We are raising the issue as the state is deprived of a separate High Court denying the rightful citizens of their benefits and facilities due to irresponsible behaviour of the people in authority," the NTC said and urged the State Government to wake up and take a call to achieve the people's long awaited objective. (Page News Service) 


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