Editorial

Agonisingly slow

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/19/2019 11:57:33 AM IST

 There is some truth in the statement by the Angami Youth Organisation(AYO) which expressed dismay over the slow pace of progress of the ongoing construction of the four-lane highway between Dimapur-Kohima. 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 work has been cornered by national firms to construct the four-lane highway in three phases. Package 1 includes the stretch from 123.840 km to 138.775 km, for which the total sanction cost is Rs 489.01 Crores. Package 2 includes the stretch from 138.775 km to 152.490 km – at a total sanction cost of Rs 519.72 Crores. Package 3 includes the stretch from 152.490 km to 166.700 km, for at a total sanction of Rs 562.98 Crores. Nagaland is in dire need of the four-lane in order to meet the increasing number of vehicles. This became more pressing when the NH 29, which was supposed to be a two-lane highway, was instead, reduced to a single-lane highway due to rampant encroachments. 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. It may be recalled, that the ministry of surface transport during 2000, had okayed proposal to turn the double-lane NH 29(erstwhile NH 39) to a four-lane highway, especially along the Dimapur-Chumukedima stretch. The state government had issued notifications reaffirming the National Highway Act 1988 wherein 75 feet from the centre of the road on either side, was deemed to be the road reservation area. This was to facilitate construction of the four-lane highway. The ongoing construction of 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 AYO is not wrong about the slow pace of road construction work. At the present pace, the project is not going to meet the schedule but could extend beyond 2020. The contractors from outside Nagaland, who won the bid, are going slow for whatever reasons or excuses. The best time to ensure early completion is during the dry winter months from November –March. When monsoon arrives, the thick dust will be turned into mud and make it even more difficult to work or drive. 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 width of the 4-lane between Dimapur to Kohima is not as wide in most places when compared with the 4-lane highway between Guwahati to Shillong. There is every reason for various organisations to do some home work to ascertain whether the technical specifications are being followed. This will be another contribution for the interest of the people and their progress. 

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