Ensure timely completion of 4-lane work: Zeliang

DIMAPUR, AUG 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/28/2018 12:28:56 PM IST

Leader of opposition TR Zeliang has asked the PDA government to immediately initiate appropriate measures to ensure that four-lane works on NH-29 was completed on time without any hindrance. 

In a communiqué, the former chief minister pointed out that ongoing work to convert Dimapur-Kohima road into a four-lane was the first and among the most important national projects in Nagaland that would immensely benefit the citizens, including commuters from neighbouring States passing through Kohima and the State’s commercial hub Dimapur.

He, however, noted that in recent times, harassment of workers and theft of machineries by anti-social elements had brought the construction works to a halt. According to him, this proved the stark reality of lawlessness and mayhem in the State.

Zeliang asked the State government to explain what problem and difficulty it was facing in initiating action to ensure safety of workers and machineries, even when land-owners and civil society groups were supporting successful implementation of the important project. Instead of remaining a mute spectator, he demanded that the government should immediately carry out investigations, book the culprits and initiate appropriate action against them. “The State should perform its bounden duty by instilling a sense of security in its citizens and not pay attention only on responsibilities where commissions and kick-backs exist,” he stressed.

Zeliang alleged that construction of the four-lane NH-29 from Chathe Bridge (Patkai College junction) to Piphema came to a halt not due to activities of anti-socials alone, but also due to negligence of the State government in creating a conducive atmosphere, besides its failure in coming up with concrete measures to curb such a menace. Else, he wondered what explained the failure in recovering vehicles despite filing of FIRs. Did it not portray the ineffectiveness of government machinery, he asked.

Zeliang said, if the government of the day failed to protect workers of such major projects, how citizens could expect to have sustainable roads in other parts of the State. According to Zeliang, not only was it the bounden duty of the State government to check quality of work of contractors and timely completion of the project as per contractual agreement, but providing safety and security as and when required was also equally important.



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