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HC flays violation of its March 13, 2023 order on NH 2

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, APRIL 12: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati Court on Wednesday said that instead of raising issues which will obstruct and delay the ongoing construction works on NH 2, all parties involved in the project should sincerely work towards completing the road by May 30.
A Bench comprising Justices Kakheto Sema and Kardak Ete made this remark after going through affidavits submitted by various parties involved in the long-delayed project.
“From the report submitted by the learned Amicus Curiae as well as the affidavit filed by the respondents, we find that the work has not progressed much in spite of the order dated March 13, 2023 passed by this Court where the contractor inter alia has been directed to complete the NH-2 on the existing road from Kohima to Mao on or before May 30, 2023 without compromising on the quality of the work.
“From the affidavits filed by the respondents, various other issues have been raised by the parties with regard to the work. We, at this juncture, are not inclined to venture out into all the issues raised in the affidavit, as specific direction has already been passed by this Court vide order dated March 13, 2023 and we expect all the parties to abide by the direction passed in the said order for early completion of the project in the public interest, instead of violating it”, read the order.
However, they stated that the Court was concerned with the Contractor’s statement that NHIDCL has already issued fresh NIT Tender Bid Document on April 4 through E-Tendering Mode for Restoration and Repair of NH 2 from Kohima to Mao stretch.
“On inquiry from the learned Counsel for the NHIDCL as to whether the statement made by the respondent No. 9 (Contractor) in the affidavit is correct, it has been answered affirmatively.
“This is seriously viewed by us as it is in violation of the order dated March 13, 2023 passed by this Court. We, therefore, direct the respondent/NHIDCL not to proceed with the fresh NIT for restoration and repair of NH-39 in violation of the order dated March 13, 2023”, the Bench ruled.
They directed the respondent authorities not to take any action in violation of the March 13 order.
“The road construction has been undertaken solely in the interest of the public, we therefore hope that the parties instead of raising issues which will obstruct and delay the project will sincerely work towards the completion of the road by strictly adhering to the order passed by this Court on March 13, 2023 directing the parties to proceed and complete the work within the existing road till the ROW is resolved”, it stated.
The Court also repeated its directive to the Contractor to complete the work on or before May 30.
The matter will be heard next on April 10.
(Page News Service)