Onset of monsoon likely to affect NH-29 as construction of 4-lane road slows down

Onset of monsoon likely to affect NH-29 as construction of 4-lane road slows down
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Kohima, April 3: The coming monsoon is most likely to affect National Highway-29-the lifeline of Kohima connecting Dimapur, the commercial hub of the State.
The contractors and firms who are constructing the four-lane road between the two towns have slowed down the work and there is a fear the stretch of National Highway-29, between Kohima and Dimapur would be extensively affected with the onset of monsoon. The assurance to complete the first cutting of road has also elapsed and that completion of the road by September 2019 has become only in paper, observing the ongoing works.
In contrary to their assurance to complete the road at the earliest the companies and contractors have slowed down the works, which is most likely to have an adverse affect on the road, which will also affect Manipur State during the monsoon.
There is no alternative road, which will connect the State Capital even if the road is affected.
National Highway 29 from Kohima to Dimapur under SARDP-NE Phase ‘A’ four- lane, was allotted to ECI Engineering and Construction Company Ltd and Matyas-Gayatri Company under the supervision of the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL).
The stretch between Patkai Bridge and Phiphema, which is around 30 kilometers was allotted to ECI Engineering and Construction Company Ltd, which in turn had sublet the work to the contractors belonging to the Nagaland Constructors and Suppliers Union (NCSU) and Gayatri (Phase – Ill).
The road would be built as a three-part project by the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North East (SARDP-NE) scheme. The first part of the project will be for a length of 14.935Km at a cost of Rs. 373.07 crore, the second for 13.715Km at a cost of Rs. 396.52 crore and the third for 14.210Km at Rs. 429.52 crore, with a construction period of three years each.
So far a total of Rs 185.32 Crores has been utilized. The total sanction cost for the project is Rs 1570.71 Crores.
Package 1 includes the stretch from 123.840 km to 138.775 km, for which the total sanction cost is Rs 489.01 Crores. Package 2 – the stretch from 138.775 km to 152.490 km – at the total sanction cost of Rs 519.72 Crores. Package 3 includes the stretch from 152.490 km to 166.700 km, for which the total sanction cost is Rs 562.98 crores.
Fund utilization was Rs 59.79 Crores for package 1; Rs 86.57 Crores for package 2 and Rs 8.17 Crores for package 3.
In addition, a total of Rs 2.99 Crore was utilized under Authority Engineer; and Rs 27.80 Crore was used for land acquisition and utility shifting.
It may be noted that the time line to finish the project is 2019. More specifically, as per the contract agreement, Package 1 needs to be completed by September 16, 2019; Package 2 by August 2, 2019; and Package 3 by August 8, 2019.
Meanwhile the Gayatri has been asked to resume the abandoned two-lane roads between Chakhabama – Zunheboto, Chantongya – Longleng, Pfutsero – Phek and Mon-Tamlu-Merangkong while company wanted to resume the work after the monsoon.
Mayatis and Gayatri abandoned the roads citing several reasons. One reason was extortion by militants.
Also the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India has approved the construction of twelve road stretches covering a total distance of around 239.385 kilometers in Nagaland under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme in North East (SARDP-NE).
The road stretches approved by the ministry for rehabilitation falls under Chakabama – Zunheboto highway; Merangkong- Tamlu – Mon highway and Pfutsero – Phek highway and fund amounting to Rs 3,220.67 crore would be released on instalment basis.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India has approved the construction of twelve road stretches covering a total distance of around 239.385 kilometers in Nagaland under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme in North East (SARDP-NE).
The road stretches approved by the ministry for rehabilitation falls under Chakabama – Zunheboto highway; Merangkong- Tamlu – Mon highway and Pfutsero – Phek highway and fund amounting to Rs 3,220.67 crore would be released on instalment basis.
A three years’ time period has been earmarked for completion of all these projects, while the construction agency will be responsible for any defects for four years.
The Centre has approved Rs. 3000 crore for these proposed roads.
The previous DAN Government led by NPF and now PDA Government have promised of better roads in the state. (Page News Service)