Rangpo, January 7, 2013
Residents of in and round Duga are spending sleepless nights with heavy vehicles loaded with construction materials plying along Duga road round the clock. This, the residents complained is not only creating trouble for local residents but also violating the norms of Sikkim Motor Vehicles Act.
They said rapid construction and tunneling works carried out by power developer Madhya Bharat Power Corporation in the said area have forced trucks with ten tyres plough through the road thereby disturbing the villagers every night and day.
Besides, the road capacity, official records hold is only for vehicles carrying eight tonnes, as compared to goods over 30 tonnes transported by heavy vehicles every day at Duga.
Surprised over how the motor vehicles act is flouted in Sikkim, the residents have wondered as to how the two motor vehicle inspectors and other staff posted at the Rangpo motor vehicle office allowed those vehicles to ply.
“This kind of illegal work is only damaging the road, which was renovated recently, the villagers said.
They added that are not against power projects but are unhappy with negligence on the part of the company authorities.
In view of the recent bike thefts recently, cases of girl’s missing from the village, the residents have at the same time raised questions on the influx even as the long pending demand for a police outpost at Duga stands unfulfilled.