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NH-2 project set to complete before deadline, Contractor tells HC

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29: Fortune Groups, the construction firm involved in the ongoing NH 2 project that connects Nagaland’s capital Kohima with Mao in Manipur, on Wednesday informed the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court that it would be able to complete the project before deadline.
As previously reported by Nagaland Page, the Court had on September 6 imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the firm for its casual approach towards carrying out Court’s order as well as for the “abysmal” progress of work.
“Pursuant to the order dated October 18, 2023, the respondent No. 9 (Fortune Groups) and respondent No. 10 (Authority Engineer) have filed their respective affidavits indicating the progress achieved by the said respondents.
“Mr. Joshua Sheqi, learned Counsel for the respondent no. 9, submits that though the progress achieved by the respondent No. 9 is shown as 51.54%, in the affidavit yet in fact, the progress achieved is almost 70%, and that the respondent No. 9 will be able to complete the project before the deadline i.e., March, 2024 given by the authorities, as the weather condition is favourable now”, stated an order issued by a Bench comprising Justice Robin Phukan and Justice Budi Habung.
Meanwhile, Sentiyanger, the Counsel for the Authority Engineer, submitted that the progress achieved by his client was 49.27%.
“However, there is a little variation regarding the progress shown in the affidavits of respondent No. 9 and respondent No. 10, as respondent No. 10 has shown the progress of the work which has already been completed and respondent No. 9 has shown the progress of the work which is still going on.
“We have carefully gone through the affidavits filed by the respondent No. 9 and respondent No. 10. It appears that the progress of the work as indicated in the affidavits, are satisfactory. However, there appears to be scope for further progress. Accordingly, it is provided that the respondent No. 9 and respondent No. 10 shall strive hard to complete the project before time, as the weather condition is favourable now”, the order stated.
Accordingly, the Bench listed the matter to be heard again on January 24, 2023. “The respondent No. 9 and respondent No. 10, shall file affidavit before that day indicating the progress achieved by them in the meantime”, it stated.
Wednesday’s hearing was in continuation of a series that began when the Court first took up the suo moto Public Interest Litigation on March 2, 2022.
(Page News Service)

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