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Woes of Phek – Chozuba road
Published on 28 Sep. 2009 12:27 AM IST
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Phek – Chozuba road via Thuvopisu and Runguzu village which is the shortest road route for Chozuba and Chetheba area public to reach Phek town and is also the shortest road route for Phek and Tizu area for public to reach the State capital Kohima has been neglected for the last many years. As a result of which, villages like Thuvopisu and Runguzu located on this road had faced untold miseries, specially the sick for not being able to access treatment on time due to bad road conditions. Highlighting the grievances, Dezoto Rhakho, VDB secretary, Thuvopisu village, said when NPF led DAN government came to power in the year 2003, chief minister Neiphiu Rio, made an announcement before the public at Phek town local ground, that his government would construct Phek-Chozuba road on priority. VDB secretary further stated that DONER ministry had taken up the work and started sanctioning fund in the year 2007 for commencement of work on this road. However, he added that to the surprise of the public, before even the “kick off” of the actual work “first and second installment of funds” were released and drawn on the basis of recommendation by the Executive Engineer, Road & Bridges Phek division, the executive agency to the tune of “rupees eleven crores approximately”. Inquiring as to where the “drawn money” had gone, the VDB secretary stated that the two mentioned villages were still clearing landslides on the road and repairing pot holes at their own expense, adding that it was painful that the stone quarries remained a “threat to commuters” He said Thuvopisumi villagers had gone to the extend of constructing a wooden bridge over Muderu stream because the road executing agency, the PWD department remained a mute spectator in spite of the road being totally cut off. Asserting that public has become apprehensive with regard to “proper execution of work as per work specification”, the VDB secretary stated Phek-Chozuba road was going to become another far fetched dream with road going from bad to worst.

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