Sunday, August 14, 2022

HC directs firm to improve NH-02 within 2 weeks

Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench has directed the authority engineer representing three firms and National Highways & Infrastructure Development Ltd (NHIDCL) to see that the contractor executes the work on NH-39 (new NH-02) from Kohima to Manipur border as per specifications.
As, the condition of the road had worsened since the onset of monsoon causing many accidents and inconveniences, the contractor was further directed to improve road maintenance within a period of two weeks. He was also asked to place road signages immediately where required the most.
The two-judge bench of Justice Songkhupchung Serto and Justice Kakheto Sema also requested the amicus curiae A Zhimomi to visit the site along with all the stakeholders “towards the end of the coming two weeks” so that he could inform the court regarding improvements made by the contractor.
Noting that some local problems had arisen while making drainage to drain off water from the road, for which a letter had been sent to SDO (Civil) of the circle concerned, as submitted by the contractor, a two-bench judge requested senior additional advocate general TB Jamir to take up with the government so that no hindrance was caused to the contractor while executing the work.
As per the work programme submitted by the engineer, the High Court noted that reconstruction of the two lanes would be completed by the end of March 2023.
Ordering that the matter be listed again on June 22, 2022 the judges ordered the authority engineer to file an affidavit on or before that day showing progress of the work in reference to the work programme submitted with the affidavit filed by him.
Further, as some specific concerns were raised during the hearing like non-placement of road signages, particularly at places where culverts were under construction, and the extremely bad condition of the road on the stretch between the last police station of Nagaland and Khuzama village and at 201+100 chainage, the court ordered the contractor to take immediate measures so that the road conditions in these particular places were improved.

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