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Fund for ‘border haat’ misused, work incomplete
NAMPONG, Dec 6: The Tangsa Youth Welfare Association (TYWA) today alleged anomalies in the ‘border haat’ work at Pangsau Pass under Indo-Myanmar sector.
In a press release, the TYWA claimed that a ‘border haat’ was to come up at the international border pillar no 173 but the work is still incomplete and the fund under the centrally sponsored scheme of Rs 3.53 crore has been misused.
TYWA president Seng Longjung, quoting the monitoring report and completion certificate, said the sanction amount for the project was Rs 3.53 crore. He added that the undated report cum certificate was signed by the PR leaders and GBs of Nampong area and has been issued by the UD & housing Jairampur division deputy director.
The report further states that earth cutting has been completed in all respect as per the standard specification and therefore the concerned authority may release the part payment for further disbursement to the concerned contractor.
The TYWA has stated that they are shattered that this ambitious project launched by the central government under the purview of the Look East Policy now Act East Policy is yet to see the light of the day.
The association also claimed the Jairampur division is not in a position to furnish the complete reports and data pertaining to the project despite filing the application under RTI.
The ‘border haat’ at Pangsau Pass was one amongst the total four such ‘haats’ sanctioned for Arunachal Pradesh to be established in the Indo-Myanmar sector as per government of Arunachal Pradesh letter No. DTC/DEV-11/99-2000 dated 1 April, 2011.
As per the MoU signed between India and Myanmar for establishing ‘border haats’, initially one at Pangsau Pass ( Nampong) would be established as a pilot project. In 2014, the centre had also contemplated posting of customs officials at Nampong to facilitate trade through the Pangsau Pass on the historic Stilwell Road.
Longjung further said that the earth cutting work was neither fully complete nor satisfactory. He added that the people of the area, particularly the youths regret about the project not coming up on time.