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KVC dismayed over suspension of construction works of Kohima-Jessami road

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, MAY 29: The Kikruma Village Council (KVC) has expressed dismay over the suspension of construction works of the 2-lane Kohima-Jessami road on NH-29 from existing km 30.474 (near Kigwema road Chakabama) to km 53.220 (near Kikruma village) under Bharatmala Pariyojana on EPC mode.
In a letter to the General Manager, PMU-Pfutsero, KVC Chairman, Thipuzhoyo Thira and Secretary, Besungoyo Puro stated that the public is distressed and worried about the termination of the contractor and decision to completely halt construction works at the onset of monsoon. The KVC said this could lead to prolonged delays and disruption of connectivity, causing significant dislocation and hardship to the residents.
It said with the suspension of works in package II, the entire highway construction works have come to a grinding halt, and this would result in a complete dislocation and derailment of connectivity between Kezo Town-Kikruma connecting Pfutsero Town, potentially leading to large-scale unrest and unhappiness amongst the population in the service area of this highway project.
The Council further stated that the mobility of people, agricultural produce, and merchandise will stand adversely affected due to these developments.
It also stated that the NHIDCL has terminated the agreement of the construction contractor of M/s. KCPL and instructed KCPL to stop the construction work abruptly, adding suspension of the highway construction works could lead to significant health and safety concerns, particularly in light of the impending monsoon season.
The KVC urged those responsible for the project’s execution to take immediate action and resume construction works and maintenance before the onset of monsoon to prevent situation like previous year’s Monsoon which created havoc for the commuters from landslides which occurred at over 60 locations.
It also hoped that this matter is addressed with the utmost urgency it deserves and prompt steps are to reinstate construction works before the onset of monsoon.
(Page News Service)