Friday, July 19, 2024

CPO inspects 2-lane road progress

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 28: CPO committee on 2-lane road has expressed gratitude to Deputy Commissioner, Phek, for initiating joint inspection of road progress on Chakhabama-Zunheboto and Phek-Pfutsero (PP Rd) on November 25&26 respectively. The team consisted of EAC Chetheba, EAC Sekruzu, SDO (C) Phek, SDO (C) Pfutsero, representatives of NHIDCL (Chozuba sector), GM Shivalaya, Madhucon, KKB, CPO committee, CRPO, CCPO, Pfutsero-Phek Youth Front and concerned village/town authorities.

A release by the committee said Shivalaya had successfully and timely completed their portion in Package-I though with little ongoing work, which is expected to be completed soon. In Package-II the work is slowed down, reportedly because of hindrances by several locals at several locations. The committee urged respective village/town authorities and administration to address the local issue at the earliest and enable the contractor to speed up their work so that the project is accomplished within stipulated time.
In Package-III (Madhucon portion) some surface cuttings are still left but black topping is yet to be done. It urged Madhucon to initiate the pending work when season is at the best time for this kind of work.
The committee also expressed concern that contract between Shivalaya and the Government will expire by May 31, 2022 and that the requisite clearance for work in obstructed area (especially in Package-II) should be given latest by December 31, 2021 failing which the contractor may abandon those obstructed portion thereafter.
Any kind of road obstruction should not be allowed by local authorities, it said.
The release informed that from Phek to Pfutsero the work is almost completed with little ongoing work in few locations. The committee expressed appreciation to Madhucon and KKB for having completed the project in time.
Concerning voice was raised by public, especially by PP Youth Front on the quality and durability of black topping work done by Madhucon and KKB on PP Road, the committee said no one is expecting that just few months after black topping, it will sink, crack or pill out.
It also informed that due to nature of loose and unsettled soil from Phek to Khomi and even beyond, the urgency of protective/breast/retaining wall all along the hillside is found inevitable to sustain the road project and prevent future damage around. It requested NHIDCL to consider and provide this provision at the earliest.

Meanwhile the committee appealed to local authorities to uphold their constitutional responsibility and ensure that no member/party is allowed to block/obstruct ongoing work anywhere or succumb to the force of obstructionist. “Grievances need to be addressed at appropriate level; it should not become an obstruction to public welfare”, it added.
(Page News Service)