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Zeliang unhappy with quality of road repair works in Dimapur

Sunday, 13 August 2017 12:20
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Dimapur, August 12: Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang was welcomed by saplings planted on the riverbed like roads along Padumphukri-Naharbari-Purana Bazaar while on an inspection tour of the temporary repairing of roads across Dimapur on Saturday.

While there were no protesters carrying placards or banners to express displeasure over the non-existent roads in the Padumphukri-Purana Bazaar stretch of road, but the plantations in the crater-like potholed infested roads was a telling sign. Most of the plantations were immediately removed by security personnel before the Chief Minister's convoy passed, said eyewitnesses. 

The identity of the persons, group or organization who planted the saplings on the roads could not be identified. Dimapur district authority said they don't know who planted the saplings on the road, and put it down to mischief from unscrupulous persons. 

Inspecting the temporary road repairing works, the Chief Minister was seen visibly not happy with the quality of repair works on the Padumphukri-Purana Bazaar road. The road is being repaired using stone gravel and mud, but with overnight rains, the road condition has worsened. 

"I have given instruction that no stone gravel should be used, and only little mud. The road should be metalled, stone dust should be used, and the road rolled properly," Zeliang told media persons accompanying him during the inspection. 

The Chief Minister also directed that the Padumphukri-Purana Bazaar road repair works should be carried out on priority, and the works done from 8 pm to early morning hours (even on Sunday) in order not to affect free flow of traffic during daytime till the repair works are completed. However, considering that the earlier schedule of the road repair work programme notified by the Chief Minister's Office was ignored, it remains to be seen whether the current directive from the Chief Minister's mouth will have any positive outcome.  

The decision to undertake emergency temporary repair of roads in Dimapur and Kohima was taken on August 3 last at a coordination meeting held in the CM's official chamber at the Civil Secretariat. In the meeting it was decided that repair works should be done from August 4 to 9. 

But as everything is done in Nagaland, the actual repair works started only on August 11 evening (two days after the scheduled repair works should have been completed), and reportedly only after getting information that the Chief Minister would be inspecting the repaired road works on August 12. The repair works, which was supposed to have been completed by August 9, were being carried out when the CM went on the inspection tour. The Chief Minister preferred to overlook these lapses for obvious reasons. 

The CM inspected that repairing of roads from Purana Bazaar to 3rd Mile, Green Park to Thahekhu, Tragopan Junction to DC Court and Tragopan Junction to Burma Camp. Of the roads inspected, the Chief Minister said he was satisfied with the repair works from Green Park to Thahekhu, which, he observed, has now become motorable following the repairing. The repair works on this stretch was taken up with machinery provided by M/s Gayatri and Maytas under CSR. 

Presently the Green Park via Army by-pass Thahekhu road is the only alternative road into Dimapur town following closure of the bridge at Full Nagarjan over safety concerns, and the under-construction bridge near Super Market here. The new Dhansiri Bridge near Purana Bazaar now serves as the only road connecting Dimapur town, and with thousands of vehicles passing though it daily, concerns over safety of the bridge has been raised from various quarters in recent times. (Page News Service) 


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