Wednesday, October 5, 2022

ZCCI dismayed over poor condition of NH-702

Zunheboto Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ZCCI) has expressed dismay over the “deplorable and pathetic condition” of National Highway-702 (NH-702) between Zunheboto and Mokokchung and appealed to the responsible authority to immediately repair and clear vegetation along highway.
In a representation addressed to the chief engineer (National Highway), the ZCCI cautioned that failure to make NH-702 motorable at the earliest would compel the chamber to take further course of action to “salvage the citizens from the bondage.” ZCCI stated that the road (NH-702), which connects Zunheboto with Mariani, Jorhat and other places of Assam via Mokokchung, was the lifeline of Zunheboto district. It pointed out that 90 percent of essential commodities were transported through NH-702 on a daily basis. However, ZCCI lamented that the road was in shambles posing and questioned the sincerity of the department in failing to meet the fundamental needs of the citizens.
The chamber further stated that the present condition of the road was unpliable. It said that waterlogging due to absence of drainage system has caused massive potholes posing a great threat to life, property, economy and wellbeing of the people.
ZCCI also said that the deplorable road condition was proving to be costly. The chamber said that poor road was leading to wastage of fuel and causing damages to vehicles.
It also said that there had been several instances of accidents due to poor road, but people were compelled to commute as there was no other option.
ZCCI maintained that bad road condition was also responsible for escalation of transportation costs and prices of essential commodities. It said deplorable road was adversely affecting the economic growth and development of both the business community and consumers.
The chamber has, therefore, appealed to the responsible authority to intervene and promptly initiate appropriate measures.
Meanwhile, ZCCI informed that the deputy commissioner (DC) Zunheboto also forwarded its letter to the chief engineer PWD (NH) immediate remedial actions.
DC said that the road condition was such that potholes were 2-3 feet deep that even trucks and large vehicles with high ground clearance find it difficult to ply. DC said that the average public with small vehicles were forced to travel out of necessity with constant vehicles damage and accidents.
DC has cautioned that death and injuries due to vehicular accident with deplorable road condition could amount to criminal negligence on part of PWD (NH) and its officers inviting action as per provisions of laws.