Four-lane: CPO reiterates appeal for expediting construction works

DIMAPUR, NOV 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/7/2019 11:42:03 AM IST

A little over a month after seeking clarification from National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) on the status four-lane road project between Dimapur and Kohima (NH-29), the Chakhroma Public Organisation (CPO) has reiterated its appeal to the responsible authority/contractors to “go full throttle” with the construction works and not to take the public for granted.

In a press release, CPO president Vichütuolie Mere and general secretary Mhiesisato Vüprü said that the organisation has received a letter from the GM NHIDCL Dimapur containing the following points: Package I (i.e from KM 123.840 to KM 138.775) was scheduled to be completed by 15/09/2019, but only 57.24% (Physical progress upto September 2019) is completed. Package II (i.e from KM 138.775 to 152.490) was scheduled to be completed by 02/08/2019, but only 70.70% of the total work is completed. Package III (Kohima District) (i.e from KM 152.490 to 166.700) was scheduled to be completed by 07/02/2020 but only 55.95% is completed.

Since contract works were awarded on EPC mode, the letter stated that the contractors were, therefore, responsible for maintenance of existing road, accidents caused due to negligence, ensuring safety measures during constructions and to the users (commuters), maintaining road in traffic worthy conditions (pollutions).

As proposed by the contractors according to revised work programme, the expected time of completion was April 2020.

Acknowledging the reply, CPO has thanked the general manager for the information though it took one month to reply. However, CPO said the commuters and the public could not see any improvement in the deteriorating condition of the road. “The recent more than a week long blockade of the road is an example,” it stated.

Meanwhile, CPO has reaffirmed that either the authority or the contractors should not blame nature or give any excuses for the delay of the project, which was causing untold hardship and miseries to the people. It stated that they should have all necessary machineries and man power to meet and solve any exigency. “If they cannot do their job with efficacy, why stay on and earn the wrath of the people,” CPO maintained.

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