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Sanuorü bridge to be completed in 12 months

Sanuorü bridge to be completed in 12 months
The 4-lane arch bridge over Sanuorü river, Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/15/2020 10:19:10 PM IST

Construction of the four-lane arch bridge over Sanuorü river would be completed within 12 months. This was stated by PWD (R&B) south division executive engineer Vizotuo Seletsu, who is supervising the ongoing construction, during a media interaction at the site on Wednesday.

Despite missing the deadline to complete the two-lane arch Sanuorü bridge by March-April, the department and contractors expressed the confidence that the four-lane arch bridge would be completed within the 12 months. Earlier on November 25, 2019, contractors KC Angami and Vilelie Khamo assured chief minister Neiphiu Rio that the two-lane road would be completed by March-April 2020, while the four-lane bridge would be completed and handed over before the 2020 Hornbill Festival.

It may be mentioned that the bridge over Sanuorü stream was washed away during the 2016 monsoon season.

During the media interaction, the executive engineer admitted that the department had failed to complete the two-lane bridge by April and attributed this to the poor condition of the Dimapur-Kohima road, due to which the materials could not be brought to the site on time, and lockdown owing to COVID-19 outbreak. However, he assured that irrespective of the monsoon or winter season, the department was committed in completing the bridge within one full working season.

Explaining that arch was the heart of the bridge, he acknowledged that its construction was taking time and causing delay in the construction. He, however, assured that the two-lane arch would be completed by this month.

Despite the work order having been issued on July 14, 2016, Seletsu said actual work of earth cutting began only on July 15, 2019. He asserted that finance was not a constraint and claimed that the contractors were giving priority in completing the project at the earliest.

 

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