Rio, Patton inspect Sanuorü bridge works

Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/25/2019 11:41:09 AM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio and deputy chief minister Y Patton and others inspected the ongoing construction of the four-lane arch bridge over Sanuorü river on Monday morning.

Estimated to cost Rs 20 crore, money is, however, yet to be released to the contractors though the work order was issued 13 months back. Though Rio insisted that the subway should be opened for the citizens as there were many complaints, officials of the department concerned and the contractor refused as opening the subway would hamper the construction work.

But despite non-release of any money, contractors KC Angami and Vilelie Khamo assured the chief minister that by March-April 2020, the two-lane road would be completed while the four-lane would be completed and handed over to the government before the 2020 Hornbill Festival. 

Talking to Nagaland Post, the chief minister regretted that even after knowing the requirements for road maintenance, his government could not take up work due to non-availability of resources. On maintenance of the alternative Jotsoma bypass-Peducha road leading to the State Capital, he said the requirement was well-known, but the government was unable to maintain it due to lack of funds.

Pointing out that too many heavy trucks plied on the Peducha road, he said the government was working out modalities for imposing load limits on the road. Admitting that the Centre had declared many roads in the State as national highways and was providing funds for new roads, he said the biggest challenge was getting funds for maintenance of roads. Rio claimed that the State government was working on headquarter roads, adding there were contractors capable of carrying out such works. 

Meanwhile, contractors Angami and Khamo informed this correspondent that they started the work as they wanted to set an example to the people and fellow contractors as in many cases the contractors refused work or left it incomplete due to non-release of payment.

The duo claimed that they had spent over Rs 8 crore on the project in the last 13 months.

On the other hand, department officials said that Jotsoma bypass was included in the headquarter road maintenance project, adding that DPR had already been submitted to the ministry.

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