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Good and bad roads in Nagaland

Good and bad roads in Nagaland
Vehicles move on newly-paved road near Clock Tower in Dimapur (R) Loose asphalt over a portion of NH-702 under Mon district.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/6/2019 11:46:43 AM IST

Two roads in the State in recent times have caught both the imagination and ire of the people. While the recently repaired and re-laid road in Dimapur from Old over-bridge near Hotel Tragopan to Clock Tower junction via Khermahal and the ongoing relaying of Tajen Ao Road from Clock Tower to DC Court junction bore testimony to good workmanship; on the other hand, the “peeling off” of asphalt on NH-702 under Mon district that recently went viral on social media, only attracted strong criticisms.

To get more inputs on what makes good or bad roads, this Reporter spoke to PWD Executive Engineer Er. Talitemsu and SDO Er. Nagashe Swu. 

He also disclosed that the relaying of asphalt along Tajen Ao Road and Khermahal Road was awarded to Multi Builders, which also bagged contracts for key roads from Clock Tower to Dhobinala junction and from Holy Cross School junction to Bata Charali near the new flyover. 

 He said the width of re-laying of Circular Road was seven metres (nearly 23 feet) which would extend to pavement in some places. 

On the good workmanship along Khermahal and Tajen Ao Roads, Er. Talitemsu also assured that the same quality work would be carried out in the upcoming re-laying of 25 main roads in Dimapur. 

In this regard the PWD (Roads & Bridges) Dimapur division had also deputed its officers-- junior engineers and sectional officers to check quality of work. 

Contracts for all 25 main roads were awarded to ten (10) firms in November 2018, and the stipulated time for their completion was 12 months, excluding the monsoon season. 

The contract included a “defect liability of 3 years”, which required that a contractor undertook repair works in case of wear and tear.

On the recent video that went viral on social media showing deputy chief minister (in-charge of National Highways) Y Patton being apprised of the shoddy work on NH-702 in Mon, Er. Talitemsu termed it “a clear case of a breach of contract”. 

He categorically stated that people should understand that the NH 702 episode was due to the contractor. 

Er. Talitemsu reiterated that any work done below specification amounted to breach of contract and reminded that it was time contractors woke up and stick to specifications. 

The executive engineer opined that had the name of the contractor been written on a road signboard, then the story would have been different.  Meanwhile, Swu, who also spoke to this Reporter enlightened about the cause for the asphalt peeling off on NH-702. 

Swu maintained that the cause was due to “carelessness” where the road surface was not brushed and dusted before coating the surface with bitumen then laying asphalt on the surface. He said it was due to such neglect that bitumen and stone chips mixture could not stick and could be peeled off with bare hands.

On the present re-laying on roads in Dimapur, the SDO explained that the relaying comprised of two layers-bitumen and larger stone chips also called the bitumen macadem and the second (outer) layer of smaller stone chips and bitumen was called bitumen concrete. The thickness was 80 mm or around 3 inches.

He pointed out that another key aspect while laying or constructing roads was cambering, which required the road to be sloped at a certain angle to prevent water-logging and direct rainwater to the drain or nullah. Swu further explained that in the past, the contract agreement was for “open graded premium carpeting” where the thickness was 20mm or less than an inch. 

Of the 25 roads earmarked for relaying, 23 roads would follow the bitumen macadem and bitumen concrete method, and not “open graded premium carpeting”. 

He was also optimistic that, with long-lasting roads being built, the government would also soon focus on by-lanes in several colonies of Dimapur, which were in dire need of repairs and relaying.

Meanwhile, Er. Talitemsu cautioned errant contractors that the department would insist on specifications being strictly followed. He also reminded contractors of the agreement that mandated technical staff to be present at the site to oversee works. He also proposed erecting boards on the work sites, specifying details of construction, along with the name of the contractor and firm.

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