Thursday, October 6, 2022

Work on Foothill Road to continue in affected areas

Work on the Foothill Road would continue in areas where even torrential rains would not cause disruption, while that in the hilly and flash flood-prone areas in the plains could slow down during the rainy season.
Resolving this at a joint meeting of PWD (R&B), contractors and Nagaland Foothill Road Coordination Committee (NFHRCC) held at the PWD Directorate, Kohima on Wednesday on the ongoing construction of the Foothill Road and final completion of Doyang bridge, it was also decided that instead of wasting machineries and workforce engaged by the contractors in these areas, the work could resume soon after the monsoon subsided.
In a press note, NFHRCC convener Supu Jamir, general secretary W Lemba Chang, co-convener Hokiye Yepthomi and assistant general secretary Chenithung Humtsoe said that the meeting, held under the aegis of NFHRCC, also decided that the issue of final completion and inauguration of Doyang bridge at Governor’s camp would be further discussed by the department, the contractor and the committee at an appropriate time.
The committee also drew attention of PWD (R&B) to construction of a culvert between Niuland and Hovekhu village and repairing of Hanging bridge over Dikhu river at Naginimora division, both of which were beyond the fund provision of Foothills Road.
It requested the department to pay attention to the deplorable condition on the aligned Foothill Road between Athibung and Khelma at the earliest.
Release of running bills to the contractors based on progress report was also discussed and the department assured of sorting it out with higher authorities for an early resolution of the issue. The meeting decided that re-survey visit, especially in Baghty division and in some sectors, would be done jointly by PWD (R&B), contractors and NFHRCC at the earliest as soon as the incessant rains stopped.
The committee appreciated the efforts of engineer-in-chief and chief engineer of PWD (R&B) and the respective contractors, including the one involved in construction of Doyang bridge, for their commitment in making the Foothill Road pliable at the earliest as the people were eagerly awaiting its completion since 2013.