Editorial

A tardy work

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/17/2019 11:39:56 AM IST

 For around one month - May 20 to June 20,2019 travellers including transporters using the NH 29 between Dimapur and Kohima, will be inconvenienced due to restrictions imposed by authorities. As per the order, the stretch from Chathe bridge to Pagla Pahar /Kukidolong bridge will be closed to traffic for six hours from 10.30 p.m. to 5 a.m.Vehicles travelling from Dimapur to Kohima will have to take a diversion for a month from 7th Mile-new DC Office Complex-Shokhuvi-Razaphe-Mhainam-Pimla-Mhainantsi-Jharnapani/Medziphema and vice versa. Construction of the 4-lane highway that began around the latter party of 2017 has not been as smooth as was expected with hiccups too many. Construction was delayed due to several reasons and among which was land required for widening the 2-lane into 4-lane. As per the National Highway Act 1988 an area of 75 feet from the centre of the road to either side, was to have been the road reservation area. Due to rampant encroachment, the area had to be obtained through land compensation. It may be noted that the four-lane road from Dimapur-Kohima Road ( from Km 123.840 to Km 138.775, Km 138.775 to Km 152.490 and Km 152.490 to Km 166.700) covering a total length of 42.48 Kms was approved at a cumulative cost of around Rs.1570.71 crore. The 4- lane road project on the National Highway 29 (Asian Highway –I) is supposed to be completed by the end of 2019 and accordingly, specific instruction have been given to the respective contracting firms on several occasions. The entire work was expected to have been completed by end of 2019 but now it could take possibly even beyond 2020. During the period, till the construction works are completed, there is certainly going to be further restrictions. When monsoon arrives, the thick dust will be turned into mud and make it even more difficult to work or drive. The monsoon season is going to add problems for construction works as landslides and mud will make it a daunting job. Even vehicles could find themselves stuck up in knee deep mud while heavy vehicles could get bogged down. The best time to ensure early completion would have been during the dry winter months from November –March. Had works been done on overdrive then the progress would have been much better. Rather, it was quite disappointing to see very little activity along the stretch during the winter months. It may also be pointed out that construction of four-lane between Guwahati to Shillong, was taken up at break-neck speed where the state government made sure that the firms worked overtime even at night to complete the project. The state government took initiative to ensure that the works were not disrupted and provided all assistance when works were carried out on war footing during the night till dawn. It may also be recalled that earlier, the Angami Youth Organisation(AYO) expressed dismay over the slow pace of progress of the ongoing construction of the four-lane highway between Dimapur-Kohima. There is no doubt that Nagaland is in dire need of an all weather, motorable and smooth road linking the state capital with other parts of India ; even as other states in the north east today have constructed beautiful, high quality and wide roads besides smooth road networks linking every district. 

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