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Patton inspects road work, directs firm to complete project within 2 years

Patton inspects road work, directs firm to complete project within 2 years
Y. Patton and Vikheho Swu with others after the inspection.
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/17/2020 1:01:04 PM IST
Deputy chief minister Y Patton has directed the firm involved in construction of road from Kijumetouma to Ghathashi and from Ighamemi junction to Awohumi junction under Pughoboto sub-division to speed up work and complete the project within two years, stating that there should be no excuse for delay any longer.
Inspecting the work site along with NPF legislator Vikheho Swu and department officials, Patton, who is also in charge of road & bridges (R&B) division, lamented the delay in progress of work, adding that work order was issued in 2017 yet even 25% has not been completed yet. 
He also requested the villagers to cooperate with the contractors and the government for early completion of the road project. 
In his brief address, Swu shared the concern of the deputy chief minister. He said the project was started with big dream but regretted that it could not be completed on time. 
Pointing out to the villagers that the road has to be completed, he emphasised that land ownership issue should not be a hurdle. 
Commissioner and secretary (R&B) Rovilatuo Mor, who too accompanied the deputy chief minister, admitted that many government projects start on a high note but somehow lose steam after some time as troubles start thereafter, for which they remain incomplete. He therefore stressed that the road project must be completed at any cost. 
Kiyehoto of Jordan Construction clarified that construction work got delayed owing to delay in installation of machineries, instability of land in some portion, monsoon and the lockdown. 
He however assured that all efforts would be made to ensure that the road project was completed within the next two years. 
The road construction from Kijumetouma to Ghathashi stretching 26 km commenced in February 2017 and was supposed to have been completed by February 2020. 
The second phase of the road construction from Ighamemi junction to Awohumi junction stretching 17 km was approved and work commenced in 2018 and was supposed to have been completed in February this year too. 
However since the project could not be completed, R&B chief engineer Limanaro said extension has been sought till February 2021. The project cost of both the roads was Rs 97 crore.

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