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Status of National Highways in state
Published on 28 Jul. 2009 1:17 AM IST
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Informing on the status of National Highways under state Public Works Department (PWD) including NH-61 and NH­155, the works and housing commissioner and secretary, Temjen Toy on Monday said newly created PWD (National Highways) was currently overseeing the maintenance and construction of both the National Highways in the state. In a communiqué the commissioner and secretary, Temjen Toy said erstwhile State Highway 1, which covers a distance of 240 kms and stretches from Kohima to Jhanji on the Nagaland-Assam border near Amguri, was declared as the National Highway 61 in 1999. He stated that over the past ten years various improvement works have been carried out and at present about 50 kms of widening works is being undertaken, with another 30 kms to be widened during the current year, a DIPR bulletin reported. According to Toy National Highway-155 (Mokokchung- Tuensang-Kiphire-Jessami), which covers a distance of 326 km, was previously maintained by Border Roads Organisation (BRO), however, was taken over by State PWD in 2007. The commissioner and secretary said that subsequently the department took up 17 jobs on the Highway under the Improvement of Riding Quality Programme (IRQP) at various locations. Informing that Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways (MoSRT&H) has approved for upgrading the NH-155 from Single Lane to Double Lane, which would be taken up in a phased manner, Toy said first phase would cover a distance of 95 km. from Mokokchung to Tuensang, for which consultants have been appointed by the MOSRT&H. The consultants, he said were actively carrying out survey works and preparation of the project reports for this stretch. Further, pointing out that works of National Highways are directly funded by MoSRT&H and all works carried out in phases as per the guidelines and procedures of the Ministry, Toy said, as a result, improvement works for the whole stretch of any National Highway could not be taken up at the time. Meanwhile, the department has observed that while carrying out improvement works on National Highways landowners were not “very cooperative” on many occasions. While referring to “unreasonably high demands” made on contractors by way of commissions and high rates for local materials, Toy said this hinders the progress and quality of works. Asserting that it was committed to its vision of improving road connectivity in the state, the department has sought the cooperation of the public for speedy and quality implementation of the improvement works now underway.

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