Wooden bridge over Dikhu River inaugurated

Wooden bridge over Dikhu River inaugurated
M. Shayung Phom inaugurating the bridge. (NP)
Correspondent LONGLENG, FEB 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/23/2021 12:38:13 PM IST

A 40-meter long temporary wooden bridge in Shillai over Dikhu river between Pongching, Mongtikang Longleng-Salulamang, Chuchuyimlang Mokokchung was inaugurated by DC Longleng, M. Shayung Phom.

Speaking at the programme as special guest, DC lauded the Temporary Wooden Bridge Construction Joint Committee (TWBCJC) for initiating and completing the bridge.

Encouraging the leaders and public from Longleng and Mokokchung districts, DC stated that developing and catering to all round achievement, cooperation and understanding among the people of all sections must exist. 

DC said that the people of Pongching and Mongtikang had shown their dedication and hard work which was a commendable success story that would go a long way.  He congratulated the people of the two villages for their tireless efforts to keep the districts connected through crowd funding. 

While delivering brief report on the construction, convener, TWBCJC and general secretary NPF Central Youth Wing, Kongba Chungphang said that the idea to construct the temporary wooden bridge started in 2020 by setting up of committee to oversee the works.  He said that since there was no source to start the construct, the committee came up with an idea of crowd funding within the community members and well wishers. He also informed that altogether, 14 lakhs were collected through crowd funding and overall total cost for the construction was 12 lakhs. 

The convener on behalf of the construction committee expressed gratitude to all and thanked the general public of Pongching, Mongtikang, Salulamang and Chuchuyimlang villages who contributed through labour and other materials towards the construction. 

It may be noted that about eight years ago, a foundation stone for constructing a 40m RCC Bridge over Dikhu River was laid on December 8, 2012, by the then PWD minister (Roads and Bridges) G Kaito Aye, however the construction of bridge did not materialise.

The public of the affected district had to construct an alternative bridge by way of crowd funding.

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