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Withhold proposed traffic closure on Kohima-Mao NH-2: SAPO appeals to SAYO

DIMAPUR, JUNE 17: Citing the formation of a Fact-Finding Technical Team (FFTT) by Nagaland Government, the Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) has appeal to the Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO) to temporarily withhold its proposed traffic closure on Kohima-Mao National Highway 2.
In a statement issued on Monday, the SAPO stated that said FFTT, headed by the Chief Engineer of PWD (National Highways), has been tasked with examining the road project’s adherence to the Detailed Project Report (DPR) contract agreement, investigating all aspects of work quality and safety audits, determining the reasons for the project’s undue delay and exploring any other relevant issues.
It urged National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) to take “immediate and stern action” to address public concerns regarding road expansion and safety norms implementation, “which have become a significant national concern”.
“The team has been directed to submit their investigation report to the Nagaland State Government within 3 weeks. The Executive Director (P), NHIDCL has been called upon to provide all relevant documents to the FFTT.
“The General Manager NHIDCL of the Kohima-Mao Road has been directed to assist and accompany the committee during the investigation period. The organisation appeals to citizens to cooperate with authorities during this investigation period and anticipates that the facts will be revealed, ending the blame game and ignorance”, read the statement.
It also urged the “Executive Director, NHIDCL, and General Manager Kohima-Mao, the EPC Contractor and the Central Ministry MoRTH” to thoroughly examine public concerns regarding road expansion and safety norms implementation.
“The SAPO calls upon the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Executive Director (P), NHIDCL Kohima, (EPC) Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contractors to prioritise NH-2 road connectivity. We urge NHIDCL to take the lead in ensuring the road project’s timely and efficient completion, with utmost regard for safety and quality at the top priority.
“The Organisation further assures that it shall render its cooperation to facilitate the development process and shall not hinder any development and the technical team (FFTT) within this NH-2 stretch, and shall also work hand in hand with the implementing agency to see that the project and the FFTT is completed within the stipulated time frame”, it added.
(Page News Service)