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Namtola–Mon road construction halted
KOHIMA, JUL 26 (NPN):
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Published on 27 Jul. 2010 12:47 AM IST
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Construction of 44 km Namtola-Mon road was brought to a standstill following interference by some students’ organization, the state road and bridges minister G Kaito Aye stated Monday.
“Work was stopped when the contractors informed that they could not carry out the work in view of interference by a students’ organization,” Kaito stated in a reply to a question raised by opposition member Lamphan Konyak.
He also said estimated cost of the work was Rs 31.81 crore and that work order was issued on February 8 last to Vililie Khamo (0-22 Km) and Pfuduolhou Kense (22-44.125 Km) through open tender.
Replying to supplementary questions, Kaito further said the road was actually BRO road but due to Mon Road Show, the state government had decided to construct the same road by floating tender. He said students’ organization had complained that stones used for the road construction was of inferior quality. However, he said the department personnel sent for spot inspection reported back that not all the stones used were of poor quality and unusable.
The matter was compromised with the students’ organization, he said. The minister revealed that though the work was stopped, the contractors were requested to clear up the drain. Further, he said that not a single paisa had been spent on the Namtola-Mon road construction so far.
Meanwhile, opposition member Chingwang Konyak recalling the late 1970s when the same road was the first NEC road in the area, said it lasted for more than 20 years and remained as one of the best roads. He also requested the government to take more interest and construct the road before the upcoming Aoleng festival. (Correspondent)

 
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