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Road construction is foundation of all development: Governor


Flags-off Jotsoma-Khonoma BRO road

DIMAPUR, JULY 30: Governor of Nagaland and Assam Prof. Jagdish Mukhi flagged-off the Jotsoma-Khonoma BRO road at a ceremony held at Khonoma on Saturday (July 30).
Addressing the gathering, Mukhi said that it was the initiative of the Prime Minister of India to inspect on the developmental programmes all over the country.
He said that the Prime Minister is very much concerned with the tribal population in the country and that all those backward, be it Scheduled Caste or Schedule Tribe, should be given opportunity to come at par with the others, which he consider it as the real freedom of the country.
He mentioned that Jotsoma-Khonoma road is expected to establish new bench-marks of functional efficiency and operational purpose for the villages and neighbouring districts.
He also pointed out that the particular stretch of road should be the best in the State and a role model for all other roads in terms of quality and completion time.
He further stated that this particular BRO project would be under the supervision of Raj Bhavan and directed that this rehabilitation works should be completed by strictly adhering to the specification mentioned in the project.
The road in question, awarded to M/s Nakhro & Sons, Kohima, with a total sanction of Rs.795.01 lakh, is scheduled to be completed by March 15, 2023. Governor Mukhi, on surveying the ground reality, said that the project should be completed within 5 months and he further requested the BRO officials to complete the work within five months starting from August.
Mukhi also reminded that the patriotism and confidence in the minds of leader has transformed India into the fastest growing economy country in the world and the 5th most powerful nation. He stressed that building of roads forms the foundation of the development of all other sectors of our governance and that this road will become a vital link between the farming communities of the village, also providing the much-needed market linkage between these zones.
Earlier, Mukhi also commended on the natural beauty and the enormous potential of the great village, which he said is so poignant and self-evident. He was happy to learn that this village was the last place where the Naga warriors had the last stand against the British way back in the year 1879.
He also applauded the community for the initiative, leading to be the first Green Village in India and further maintained that Khonoma is gradually gaining a lot of popularity as an ideal place for adventure and nature study and has also become a model village for eco-tourism.
He concluded by congratulating the gathering for the attainment of glorious 75 year of Independence and appealed to the citizens to respond to the call of Prime Minister by hoisting the National Flag at every household (Har Ghar Tiranga) for 3 consecutive days, from August 13 to 15 and to remember the warriors, the brothers and sisters who fought and sacrificed their life for this rarest of rare freedom of our country.
MLA & Chairman, DPDB, Kohima, Keneizhakho Nakhro in his short address acknowledged the initiative of the Governor for the project and expressed that this special package is a remarkable achievement for the people of Jotsoma and Khonoma village.
He mentioned that the long desire for a sustainable road was the dream of the community which has been flagged off today and was grateful that the Governor has shown concern in fulfilling the aspiration and desire of the people.
Nakhro also assured that the community would commit and stand to provide the best cooperation and utmost support to the organisation and the contractors.
He also reiterated about the 4-laning progress and appealed to the highest authority to intervene for early completion of the project in the interest of the people.
Officiating Chief Engineer, Sewak, US Nagwansi briefed on the project and reported that the improvement of initial stretch of 13.25 Km from Jotsoma to Khonoma was completed in the year 2017. But, due to heavy rains and plying of heavily loaded vehicles, surfacing layers got damaged.
He stated that the surfacing works are suitable for present design traffic load. The composition is WBM-75 mm, and two bituminous layers of DBM-65 mm and BC-30 mm thick and in addition, highway safety appurtenances are to be provided to make this road to desired NH standard.
He also added that PDC of this work including the ongoing 3 numbers of minor bridges, is now preponed to 18 March 18, 2023 to meet the target date of inauguration given by the Governor and assured that the Organisation will complete the project at the highest level of quality possible and in good time.
Earlier in the programme, Chairman, Khonoma Village Council, delivered the welcome address while short speeches were delivered by Chairman, Jotsoma Village Council and President, Western Angami Public Organization.
(Page News Service)