Post Mortem

When will Half- Nagarjan Bridge finish

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/16/2018 1:20:27 PM IST

 There is a famous old saying ‘Slow and steady wins the race’. However, this saying is outdated to the present generation of today. We are living in the digital world with high technology and every individual would do the work as fast as possible through the help of the internet. Any incident happen in India, will take only few minutes to spread all over the world, such technology we are dealing at this present age. Things and information are moving faster from place to place due to the help of good transports and good communication. Thus, everyone is conscious with time with any field. A teacher would expect the students to grasp the knowledge as fast as possible when taught in the classroom, or a student would seek a help through internet if the lesson taught in the classroom is not clear. Such fastest world we are living at this time. On the other hand, when I look and reflect at the work that is going on at Half Nagarjan Bridge it makes me to ponder whether we are living with today’s generation or with that age of ‘slow and steady win the race’. The bridge is broken and in danger more than a year yet till date not even ten percent of work done. In fact for some time vehicles were not allowed to pass through that bridge, only the two wheelers and the pedestrians were allowed, but because of the several inconveniences caused to the people, the district authority has allowed the light vehicles to pass through that bridge with a warning Notice board ‘Cross at your own Risk’. As a concern resident of Dimapur I would like to request the PWD department and the concerned authority to look on this matter seriously. Since last winter where the water level was very less the construction of a new bridge could have been done little faster but unfortunately nothing much is seen in building up this new bridge. At present the water level is very high and the current of the water is very strong, therefore the work is not much progressing. Having said that I do not know what is the plan of the PWD department and what is the estimate time to complete this new bridge? Nevertheless as a concerned citizen it is my duty to remind the people concerned that people are suffering due to this broken bridge and more over they have to risk their own life in crossing the bridge especially during rainy season when the river is dangerous. Having talked to some people they say that every time they cross the bridge, they feel that the end of life is coming, interestingly one said ‘when I cross the bridge my body shiver out of fear yet I have to risk my life in order to reach my destination faster’. Hence, how long should we wait for the completion of the new bridge? We cannot play on with the life and death of the people. It is also very interesting that the bridge was already in danger before the 13th state election where many politicians go around canvassing for a change yet this change has not taken place till date except the change of ruling party from NPF to NDPP. Moreover the ruling government has placed their placards in different parts of the state with an attractive sentence, ‘Vote for Change, Change is coming’. Nevertheless, till date we do not see any change taking place in the state except the suffering of the people due to natural calamities. Half Nagarjan Bridge is one of the bypasses where heavy traffic jam can be avoided in the town, but sad to say that for more than one year nothing is progressing, therefore I do not know till when we will be able to travel in a new bridge, if at this rate of speed the construction is going on. Let us not forget that the bridge is a connection between many villages and the main town of Dimapur, it is because of this broken bridge that heavy traffic jam is always happening in the town. Moreover the bridge does a lot of service to the students of Green Wood School who are from the other side of the river. We were just finishing the celebration of Independence Day of our country, however citizens are not really in freedom whenever they cross the bridge, in fact they have to cross it at their own risk with fear and anxiety. Having stated that I do not mean to speak against the Independence Day celebration of our country instead I just want to remind the concerned authority to take the matter seriously. Lastly, we expect that the government should take this issue earnestly and to fulfill whatever they have promised to the people during the election campaign that is to bring good changes in Nagaland for they say change is coming.

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