4-lane road project: NTUCT concerned over dust pollution

DIMAPUR, APR 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/22/2019 12:00:54 PM IST

Naga Tribal Union Chümoukedima Town (NTUCT) Monday expressed concern over dust pollution caused by ongoing construction work of NH-29 four-lane particularly between Dimapur and Chümoukedima town.

Stressing on checking dust pollution, the union claimed that the contractors were found least bothered about the “harassment” people were going through. NTUCT urged the responsible firm to adhere to their contract schedule wherein certain percentage out of total cost project must be reserved for proper and constant mechanism like spraying water in the working areas. 

“Human lives and comforts cannot be jeopardised just for the benefit of the contractors,” the union said. In a press release, NTUCT president Lhousito Khro and Joint secretary Akato Sümi said people living along the road were becoming more and more vulnerable due to dust pollution. The union cautioned that it would be “compelled to restrain” the further progress of the ongoing work in the populated stretches unless the responsible firm addressed dust and its related effects. 

Stating that one cannot remain a mute spectator when people were suffering due to inhalation of dust particles, NTUCT said prolonged carelessness on the part of the contractors to contain dust could compel the union to take the firm to task for medical treatment and other related compensations. 

It said people were extending cooperation to the responsible firm and contractors for unhindered and time-bound completion of the project. However, NTUCT said the firm and contractors also needed to take care of certain areas while implementing the work including checking dust pollution, quality and breath of the road.

Further, the union has urged the administration to issue proper advisory to the contractors or firms to effectively implement the issues it mentioned.

Meanwhile, NTUCT has expressed gratitude to DC Dimapur and ADC Medziphema for promptly issuing the order for immediate stoppage of riverbed mining. The union, however, lamented that the order was not honoured and implemented by those businessmen. NTUCT has, therefore, requested the responsible authority to personally verify particularly Chathe prayer centre and above and downstream of river Dzumha bridge (below SirhimaKuki Village area).

It stated that “unrestrained” riverbed mining continually muddied the river and the spillage of lubricants and oils from the big and heavy machines were causing great concern specially those dependants in the downstream. The union also said that constant excavation of riverbed was causing concern for fishes and aquatic creatures whose natural protections were fast vanishing. Maintaining that it had nothing against the contractors mining in the river, NTUCT, however, said it cannot afford to deplete the present and future of both men and animals that needed clean water. 

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