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Patience running thin on NH-29 condition: WAPO to Kohima DC

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, JUNE 27: Peeved by not only delay in completion of work, but dilapidated road condition of National Highway-29 between Kohima and Dimapur, a section of people have cautioned that they may resort to agitation.
A representation to the Deputy Commissioner, Kohima, the Western Angami Public Organisation (WAPO) stated that their patience is running out thin and the general public of the area and the commuters have been suffering enough since the inception of the 4-lane project adding that they are on the verge of resorting to certain mode of public agitation to get the work done.
They said the situation would be inevitable unless they see certain sign of progress and sincere effort of the concerned company and sought immediate intervention by the district administration.
The representation said the progress of work for 4-lane construction under the stretch of area under its jurisdiction is found to be slower under the Oasis Company than the earlier Gayatri Company and expressed resentment against the intention of NHIDCL as to why a weaker company was awarded the project that falls under their jurisdiction.
The WAPO requested the DC to personally monitor the pace of progress of the work with the assistance of SDO (Civil) Sechu (Zubza) and complete the project.
The road from Kohima to Piphema is in a rundown condition and could further deteriorate if rain continues.
The Union Government approved the 4-lane road at a total cost of Rs 1,089.87 crore in 2013
The total length of the road will be 42.8 km with total project cost of Rs 1,089.87 crore-excluding land acquisition and pre-construction. The concessionaire will make all expenditure to complete the project and will charge the annuity from the Government.
The project was first announced by the then-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in October 2003 during his visit to Nagaland.
In 2013, the construction of the 4-lane National Highway 29 from Dimapur to Kohima was approved and road cutting works began in 2015.
Recently the Governor also inspected the road.
(Page News Service)