Bridges in pathetic conditions in Dimapur: PWD Minister

Bridges in pathetic conditions in Dimapur: PWD Minister
PWD Minister, Tongpang Ozukum at the inauguration of a bridge at Balu River

Dimapur, July 5: The newly constructed bridge over Balu River on the Old Khatkhati road was inaugurated today by PWD Minister, Tongpang Ozukum.
Inaugurating the 30-metre span bridge connecting Nagaland with Assam, the Minister said bridges in Dimapur are in pathetic conditions and if it were only possible, he would have like to inaugurate more bridges.
He said that since it is beyond the affordability of the state government to undertake the construction of the required bridges in the district, the government is already in talks with the central government to sanction the required amount, adding that though the bridges weren’t constructed by the present government or under his supervision, if anything unfortunate happens now, the PDA government and him would be blamed.
Talking about the particular bridge, he said that the bridge should be named ‘Friendship Bridge (over Balu River)’ and said that this bridge is going to bring much relief to the people of Assam and Nagaland, particularly to the children who need to cross the river to go to their schools from one state to the other and beyond it bringing trade relationships between the states, it is going to bring people together.
He also acknowledged the central government and Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari for allotting the required money needed for the construction of the bridge. He also remembered his predecessor for submitting the proposal and initiating the project in the first place.
He assured that PDA government would try to complete all the developmental projects on time and for that the government has even conducted a meeting with the contractors.
Previously, giving the technical report of the project, Er. Limadongdang Jamir, chief engineer (R&B) had mentioned that the total cost of building the bridge was Rs. 1381.14 lakhs which comprises of works for the upgradation of road 2.5 km, besides the bridge.
The project of ‘construction of road from NH 39 at Burma Camp to Balu River (2.5 km) including a 30 m span RCC bridge’ begun on October 22, 2015 and was stipulated to get completed at the end of 24 months, but due to delay in necessary clearance from Assam, it could only get completed on June 10, 2018.
The bridge has been constructed with 100% funding provided by the Government of India through the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways under the scheme of Inter State Connectivity (ISC) and the contract was awarded to T. Tachu & Co. through an open tender. (Page News Service)