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Hope for better road by 2012-13
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Sep. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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Bear with the bumpy and slippery roads of Nagaland for another three years when it hopefully would have smoother and more comfortable road when the various special packages for development and improvement of various roads in the state will be implemented.
The state had recently received an amount of Rs 987 cr sanctioned under Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for the North Eastern Region (SARDP-NE-I) from the Ministry of Surface Road Transport for construction of 329 Kms of road in the state. The fund sanctioned includes Mon-Tamlu-Merangkong road (100 Km), Km 150 to Zunheboto (128 Km), Pfutsero-Phek (66 Km), Changtongia –Longleng (35 Km) when totaled comes to 329 Kms. The tender for the same was finalized on Wednesday last. This information was revealed to Nagaland Post today by state PWD minister Kaito Aye.
Another Rs 25 Cr sanctioned has also been received for double lanning of the NH-61 (now 02) from Amguri-Tuli (20 Km), while Dimapur Bye Pass Road (8 Kms) which received some stumbling block from the Karbis over the stretch of 3 Kms was likely to be cleared soon with the union ministry agreeing to the state government’s request for intervention.
The proposed Dimapur Bye Pass road earlier faced hindrance from the Indian Army as the proposed alignment touched certain portion of the Rangapahar Cantonment Area for which, new alignment was chosen.
On the other hand, the DPR for the development of NH-155 (now NH-202) from Mokokchung-Tuensang-Kiphire-Akash bridge has been completed through Delhi and Hyderabad consultancy firms and that the state was hopeful of getting the sanction from the MoSRT very soon. Similarly, the proposed diversion of NH-39 (now NH-29 and NH-02) from Zubza via Jotsoma and joining Phesama has been almost finalized except the objection from certain land owners on the proposed alignment.
On the 4-laning of NH-39 from Dimapur to Kohima, he said that there was certain feasibility problem due to the geographical terrain for which the union ministry is reluctant for sanction.
However, the state through its consultancy firm had proposed for a double deck road wherever 4-laning is not feasible, and expressed hope that the ministry would agree to the proposal.

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