Editorial

Never ending project

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/10/2020 1:10:24 PM IST

 It would be an understatement to say that the ongoing construction of NH 29 from 2-lane to 4-lane has been delayed due to hiccups. 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. Construction of the 4-lane of the National Highway 29 from Dimapur to Kohima, was approved in 2013 and work was initiated in 2015. It was supposed to be completed by 2018 but even on its fifth year, the project appears nowhere near completion. Much had been written about the inordinate delay which has earned the wrath of the motorists and travellers alike. It may not be out of place to say that the project could easily earn a place in the record books as the slowest and most time taking. In October last year, the Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench issued suo motu PIL where the Ministry of Road Transport and National Highways (MoRTH) and six others including the State government were made Respondents. A two-judge bench of the High Court- Justice Songkhupchung Serto and Justice Manish Choudhury- while passing the order, drew attention to a report in a news daily that appeared on October 9, 2019, which informed that the construction work of the four-lane road, entrusted to National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) began in the year 2015 with the stipulated completion time of three years. The court also held the view that for the last more than four(4) years, the people of the State has suffered immensely due to the tardy progress made by the Stakeholders. While the progress has been tardy, even at some portions, the quality of workmanship is unsatisfactory. Some portions of the road which have been carpeted with concrete are uneven and ride is bumpy. So many organisations have issued statements criticising the delay that has only worsen the condition of the road besides causing hazards to travellers. Since R.N.Ravi took over as Governor in 2019, he has been travelling on the road and has been seriously concerned with the condition of the road which appears to be perpetually in a state of incompletion. The governor had also shot off his famous letter on June 16 to the chief minister, especially highlighting the problems faced by contractors and National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited(NHIDCL) officials. In the letter the Governor also mentioned that he had held meetings with the NHIDCL and contractors in presence of top state and police officials. On November 5 last, the Governor convened a review meeting with NHIDCL to assess the status and progress of construction of road projects under NHIDCL in the state. The Governor also reiterated the contractors expedite the ongoing work and to achieve the target as assured by the contractors. The NHIDCL officials highlighted hiccups in certain district resulting in the stoppage of ongoing works for which the Governor has asked the State Government to resolve the matter at the earliest. NHIDCL assured to finish the construction of two lane road before December 15, 2020 along the 4 lane Dimapur-Kohima road. Hopefully, travellers can travel in comfort on a two-lane road than having nightmares on a 4-lane dream.

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