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4-lane road construction endangering life, environment

Sunday, 12 November 2017 13:18
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NPCC, AYO flays contractors, Govt 

Dimapur, November 11: The construction of 4-lane Dimapur-Kohima road is not only endangering the life and limbs of the travellers but has become a serious environmental concern. 

In separate press release, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) and the Angami Public Organization (APO) has slammed the contractors and the concerned authorities for taking up the construction without taking into consideration public safety and environmental impact. 

NPCC president, K Therie said the Dimapur-Kohima Road has become intolerable, and it has become a danger to travellers. 

"The journey normally took two hours in the past. Today, passengers have to suffer for 3 to 4 hours. The road itself has become a danger because of mud which makes it slippery during rains and because of the blinding dust when dry. Further, potholes have disabled small cars. Few heavy vehicles have even slipped below the road. No stretch of road is fit," he said. 

Stating that it is the responsibility of contractors to ensure service of the roads, Therie said, "It is also the responsibility of contractors to give pollution free road and mend the potholes they have created. The air pollution created by the dusty roads has affected all roadside hoteliers and dwellers. It has become unfit to live in."

Asking the authorities concerned to immediately repair the knee-deep potholes between Dimapur and Chumukedima and also correct the pollution created by the road construction, the NPCC urged the Government of Nagaland not to remain a helpless spectator. 

Therie also termed the dismantling of Walford Bridge without time frame work plan as "foolishness of the Government", alleging that the Government has no concern for the public inconvenience. It also demanded that the Half Nagarajan Bridge should be repaired for light vehicles immediately. 

"If nothing happens before 1st Dec 2017, NPCC would be constrained to take the next step," Therie warned.

APO: In a separate release, the APO expressed deep concern over the massive environmental devastation that has been unleashed through the earth cutting and construction of the four-lane in areas surrounding the whole stretch of the highway.

The APO while appreciating the effort of developing the highway, said the process of its construction seemed to have been undertaken without considerations of environmental impact causing total chaos. 

The ramification of callous and horrendous nature of implementing the project is endangering the public, it said while cautioning the concerned firm and the Government agency that compromising public lives and properties cannot be tolerated at any cost. It asked the authorities concerned to initiate measures immediately to mitigate the dismal situation under which the process of construction is undergoing.

In this connection, APO said it is pleased to see the ongoing process of highway construction which is carried out competently and effectively between PHQ junction to New Police Reserve Phesama by a local contractor without disrupting public convenience. (Page News Service) 

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