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NPF accuses PDA govt of doing nothing over deplorable NH-29

DIMAPUR, JUL 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/18/2018 12:16:58 AM IST
NPF has accused the PDA government of being a mute spectator even as the condition of the Dimapur-Kohima road has gone from bad to worse due to the ongoing construction work for converting it into a four-lane road, thereby causing immense hardship to commuters of Manipur and Nagaland alike.
In a communiqué issued by its media cell, the opposition party expressed resentment at the pathetic condition of the existing two-lane Dimapur-Kohima road and regretted that despite media reports no concrete measures had been initiated by the two construction firms engaged in the construction work – M/s ECI Engineering & Construction Co Ltd and M/s Gayatri Projects Ltd – to ease the woes of the general public. And the PDA government remained a mute spectator by giving little attention to the issue in the last four months after coming to power, NPF alleged. 
According to the opposition party, the two construction firms, in response to information sought by leader of opposition TR Zeliang, had clarified on July 15 that if at any point of time the State government felt that they were not doing sufficient maintenance, they could be summoned and instructed by the government for necessary action.
As per relevant clause of the contract agreement, the two firms were bound to maintain the existing road at their own cost during the construction period, it pointed out.
NPF, therefore, asked the ruling coalition whether it was of the view that the contractors were taking up maintenance work satisfactorily as per the contract. And, if it not satisfied, why was it silent on the matter till date.
The opposition party pointed out that the response of National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) clearly indicated negligence of PDA government, which was least bothered about completion of the project or the hardship faced by the people.  PDA government must realise that it was in the best interest of the State to abandon its practice of shifting blame onto others and rather start focus on welfare issues like the four-lane of Dimapur-Kohima highway, which was lifeline of the States, NPF stated.

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