Patton inspects Sanuorü bridge work

Patton inspects Sanuorü bridge work
Y. Patton being briefed by department officials. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 31 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/31/2019 11:03:27 AM IST

Deputy chief minister Y Patton inspected the ongoing Sanuorü bridge construction on the main road leading to Nagaland Civil Secretariat and Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) here on Wednesday morning.

Accompanied by department officials and contractors, Patton expressed satisfaction with the briefings and commented that the bridge being the main road to Secretariat and NLA should be completed at the earliest.

Patton, who is in charge of home and Road & Bridges (R&B) departments, also lauded land owners for allowing the project without any disturbances and exuded confidence of continuing to receive strong cooperation from in completing the bridge.

He requested the department officials and contractors to prioritise the work and complete the bridge the earliest possible time. Later briefing media persons, R&B chief engineer Limanaro said due to soil erosion, channelisation took longer time and that daily progress could not be achieved because of the onset of monsoon.

Claiming that the department had been struggling with rain and mud, she added that unless the level was brought to a stable level, the period for its completion could not be ascertained.

Limanaro said though the department had not released a single paisa for the bridge’s construction, the contractor had begun work in full swing.

The cost for construction of the four-lane arch bridge has been estimated at Rs 20 crore under Central Road Fund (CRF).

Contractor Vilelie Khamo informed the media that in spite of the many challenges, all efforts would be made to complete the construction by March-April 2020.

On the condition of district headquarter roads, the chief engineer said a proposal had been submitted to the Centre for development and maintenance of the district roads at a cost of Rs 50 crore.

Referring to the poor road condition in the State Capital, most of which are dotted with potholes, Limanaro explained that all contractors had been instructed not to carry out black-topping work during the monsoon season. She said the contractors would be responsible for filling up the potholes once the rainy season ended.

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