Dhansiri Bridge likely to be completed by December
Dimapur, Sep. 18 (EMN): The ongoing construction of Dhansiri Bridge connecting Purana Bazaar and Supermarket area in Dimapur is expected to be completed by December this year, according to authorities.
A junior engineer in Urban Developmen, Dimapur, Among Jamir, informed that the entire structure of the bridge is completed and the only thing that remains is to connect the bridge and the approached road from Purana Bazaar end.
Jamir informed that at the moment, they are constructing retaining walls for the approach road from Purana Bazaar, and they are filling the gap to level it with the bridge. Only then, they would be able to place the slab to connect the road and the bridge, he added.
The official informed that the department is targeting to complete the bridge by December this year, adding that even though the reconstruction project was proposed in 2008-2009, ‘issues over ownership claimed by the BRO halted it’.
Only after the issues were settled, works started only in 2016-17 and moreover, the cost of the project escalated over the years as the initial budget of the project in 2008 was INR 9.81 crore but an additional amount of INR 3.93 crore was approved in 2016 with the state government assuring to bear it, he said.
Jamir added that even after the completion of the bridge, the approach roads on both sides have to be widened and construct a footpath.
Nagarjan and Chathe bridges nearing completion
The Nagarjan and Chathe bridges are nearing completion, according to an official from the public works department (PWD).
The official informed Eastern Mirror that the sub structure and super structure for both bridges have been completed.
“Three wing walls are completed for the Nagarjan Bridge and the fourth one is under progress; for every bridge there are four wing walls,” informed the official. He said that the approach road also needs to be fixed, as it was also part of the project.
“The approach road can be done immediately but the soil needs to be consolidated as our sand is very clay-like,” said the official. He informed that construction of retaining walls is in progress, ‘which won’t take time’.
As for the Chathe Bridge, the official informed that two wing walls are under progress and other two yet to begin.
“The Chathe Bridge completion is just a small time-frame behind Nagarjan Bridge; it may take a month or a little more for the wing walls to be completed,” said the official.
He informed that trucks have been plying on the bridges to transport materials for construction, so “vehicular movement will be possible very soon once retaining walls and back filling is done”.