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PDA govt’s road show yet to take off

PDA govt’s road show yet to take off
Vehicles try to navigate potholes on the National Highway near Padumpukhuri. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/9/2018 12:45:39 AM IST
It is not only pot-holed roads but also roads which have totally been shorn off the bitumen top surface due to years of neglect or lack of drainage etc which are the reasons that have made Nagaland infamous.
After the new PDA alliance government under chief minister Neiphiu Rio took over, the cabinet promised to fix the deteriorated conditions of the roads within sixty days of coming to power.
The sixty days are over but most of the roads are still in a dilapidated state and that has led to some measure of deep disappointment even if the condition of a number of roads in Dimapur, have improved considerably. 
However, many colony and village roads, including stretches of the National Highway have become practically un-motorable.
Though the government has promised to bring change in all roads within 60 days, one roadblock appears to be the parallel authorities involved- the National and State Highways fall under the PWD (Highways Division) and the Major and Other District Roads under PWD (R&B); while village roads fall under the Rural Development department and roads in urban towns under their respective Municipal or Town Councils. 
EE PWD (R&B) Dimapur, Er. Talitemsu Jamir told Nagaland Post that the first phase of his team’s work to fix the roads that fell under their division, were done.  
“But please understand that roads that have not been maintained for many years cannot be completely fixed in two or three months,” he stated. We tried to hire a Hot Mix (equipment used in road construction) but were unable to acquire a working one, which set us back a little, he said.
When asked how long the roads would last, Er. Talitemsu said blisters had already started appearing on some of the roads, but PWD (R&B) will be filling up the potholes and performing their different maintenance schedules that falls under annual, routine and periodical maintenance.
He however repeated the same problem that has been the chief wrecker of roads -- lack of roadside drainage. He said even if these maintenance measures are followed religiously, lack of drains will only ensure quick deterioration.
“Where ever we have the option to, we adjust the elevation of the roads in a way that will make rain water flow into the drain” Talitemsu stated. According to him, good roads are a collective effort, and if the community also works to give rain water its outlet, the roads will do much better. The executive engineer added that they also construct drainage along with the road wherever it is feasible.
It may be noted that most of the first signs of pot holes on roads appear wherever water accumulates.
He acknowledged the different colonies and villages for their tremendous support during their recent run to fix the roads. Talitemsu was also confident that, while qualified contractors could handle the major projects, if the government allowed the department to continue maintaining the roads, the department would deliver a much better commuting experience.
Coming to the National Highway that passes through Dimapur, it is now full of potholes. Some areas are so uneven that they are not navigable anymore and motorists have to drive around them. This problem is painfully apparent beginning from Zion Hospital junction towards Chumukedima. Sources within the traffic department agreed that the bad roads pose risks for motorists adding that there have been cases of accidents caused by the bad roads. We, however, were unable to reach the PWD minister for his comments on this issue.

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