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BRO responds to Neiba
Published on 10 Aug. 2009 12:49 AM IST
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The 15 BRTF, Kohima has responded to the State Planning Board (SPB) deputy chairman, Neiba Kronu’s allegation over the poor maintenance of the NH 150 and the collapse of a bridge over Sidzu due to poor workmanship. Col KS Malladi Commander, HQ 15 BRTF, Kohima in a statement said the NH 150 was being continuously maintained/improved and that a number of works have been carried out. Stating that the BRO had always endavoured to maintain optimum quality of work on all roads, Col Malladi pointed out that the major works carried out last year on NH-150 included 14 Km of resurfacing, construction of side drains in Chizami and construction of a number of protective works. He said that this year also an 18 Km of resurfacing, construction of side drain at Rd Block Kikruma and construction of protective works have been planned. He however said that the works could only commence after the monsoons. Besides, Col Maladi said that the work on improvement of internal road in Pfutsero was already underway. He said that due to blockage of side drains, dumping of construction material along road side and movement of overloaded vehicles had resulted in damages to road surface which was being repaired on regular basis. “Our repeated requests on these matters are not being heard leading to premature damage of the road surface,” he added. Responding to the collapse of a bridge over Sidzu, the BRO said that the bridge collapsed primarily due to excessive scouring of river bed during flash floods resulting in failure of the supporting structure. It said that the preliminary finding of technical committee had confirmed that there was no case of poor workmanship including use of inferior construction material. Col Malladi said that the bridge side presently was being cleared and construction of new bridge being planned. The BRO reiterated that it was always committed to its foremost requirement of ensuring high quality roads in Nagaland.

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