KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 30: Nagaland Government has earmarked an amount of Rs 50 crore to carry out repairs on the damaged roads in 8 districts.
Speaking to Reporters on the sidelines of inaugurating the 2-lane portion of the 4-lane arc Sanuorü Bridge linking State Civil Secretariat at Sanuorü River here, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, who also in-charge PWD (Roads and Bridges) said the Department will start the road repair works immediately during this dry period but works for the District and ADC headquarter roads would be taken up by the Urban Development Department as the State Cabinet has handed over the district and ADC headquarter roads to it.
The decision to hand over the roads to Urban Development was taken by the State Cabinet two months back, he said.
Patton informed that the state Government has kept a provision of Rs 50 crore for the repair works of the district headquarter and ADC headquarter roads.
Earlier, Patton inaugurating the much awaited 2-lane Sanuorü Bridge said that the 2-lane Sanuorü Bridge (Secretariat road) is a life line not only for the officials but also for the public.
Asserting all support from the Government towards early completion of the Rs 20 crore 4-lane bridge, Patton asked the contractors to bring forth problems faced by them to the Government so that things can be worked out and works will be completed before December 2021.
Patton also acknowledged the Kohima Village Council and the land owners for extending their full cooperation and support carrying forward the bridge construction work.
He also congratulated the officials of the PWD (R&B) Department and the contractors for going the extra mile to complete the 2-lane bridge despite many hardships and difficulties.
Interacting with media persons, Chief Engineer Limanaro informed that the projected cost of the 4-lane arc Sanuorü bridge is Rs 20 crore but the contractors have undertaken some auxiliary works beyond the contract specifications and therefore the Department would be seeking additional fund allocation.
Informing that the bridge is being funded by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, she however said till date Rs 60 lakh have been received from the Centre but the State Government has provided Rs 7 crore, which would be refunded by Centre.
She added Rs 7.6 crore has been paid to the contractors till date.
Responding to media persons, Advisor for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, who was also present at the programme, said once the Department receives the sanctioned amount, the works will begin.
He also informed that roads of the municipal districts – Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung are excluded from the Rs 50 crore provision for repair of roads. “We have taken up roads in all the other districts, except Noklak, which was officially inaugurated as a full-fledged district after earmarking the roads,” he said.
“Funds are being given and work will start as early as possible,” he said.
(Page News Service)