NPCC seeks Gov’s intervention on NH-29

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/10/2018 12:21:28 AM IST
Alleging sheer negligence on the part of authorities concerned in maintaining NH-29 and causing deliberate inconvenience to people travelling on the highway, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has sought the intervention of governor PB Acharya by convening a coordination meeting immediately on the matter. 
In a statement issued to the media on Monday, NPCC president K Therie said the importance of NH-29 (Dimapur-Kohima road) was known to all and served as a lifeline for Nagaland and Manipur. With thousands of vehicles plying on this road every day, its condition was known to everyone, including the governor, he added. However, its condition had deteriorated beyond tolerance, with dust blinding the road on sunny days and slushy mud on rainy days, he pointed out.
According to Therie, the road had not only become a health hazard but was also affecting the State’s economy. 
Pointing out that the people had been suffering since the past two winters and summers due to the abject condition of NH-29, the NPCC chief warned that, given the current pace of work, it could take several more years before the four-lane work on the highway was completed. He also feared that work might even be abandoned altogether due one reason or the other, besides obtaining a court injunction as had happened with the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North-Eastern region (SARDP-NE) roads in the State. 
Therie further alleged that there was no sign of concern for the inconvenience and sufferings caused to the public from the authorities and contractors concerned, viz., the State government, Border Road Organisation’s chief engineer for the Jotsoma bypass to Kohima, National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd general manager, M/s Ramky-ECI (JV) 124-140 km, M/s Ramky-ECI (JV) 140-156 km and M/s Gayatri Project Ltd 156-172 km.
Stating that there was no dispute that a four-lane road was required, the NPCC chief, however, stressed that a good serviceable road too was needed. 
He said the portion of the road that sunk couple of days back was not a new development, but a consequence of negligence.
Alleging that both sides of the road near Kohima had been encroached by commercial establishments, the NPCC president called upon the district administration to curb the menace. 
Though NH29 is a two-lane road, it is hardly a single lane today, he added. 

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