Foothills road committee inspects Doyang bridge work
Dimapur, Feb. 24 (EMN): The Nagaland Foothills Road Coordination Committee (NFHRCC) and officials of the department of Public Works department, roads and bridges, visited the construction site of a bridge at Doyang in Wokha district.
The NFHRCC issued a press release on Monday informing about the visit and stating a request to the contractors to complete the work without delay.
The NFHRCC, “CSOs,” and the department besides the constructing firm visited on February 22 the bridge project over Doyang River at Governor’s camp in Liphanyan of Wokha district.
‘The construction of the bridge was started in 2014 as part of the historic foothills road now christened Nagaland Expressway. Hopefully, both the government of Nagaland and the implementing agency will expedite its completion at the earliest to relish the dream of the “Naga common people” into a reality,’ the press release stated.
The NFHRCC has resolved to urge the state government to explore a ‘specific head to complete the funding of the remaining approved amount once the bridge is completed as it was evident that the construction started under SPA fund but unfortunately all SPA funded was stop due to certain changes in governmental funding.’
The NFHRCC ‘resolved to further direct’ the construction firm to complete the remaining portion of the construction in this working season without delay. It assured them that the committee will pressurise the government to ‘timely release’ the funds on time commensurate with the progress of the work.
The contracting firm also ‘expressed frustration that altogether 39 months working days were wasted due to many unforeseen reasons and actually could able to do works only within 24 month sequences and assures the visiting team that they will do their utmost best to complete the remaining works without much delay even though the last tranche of fund release was done in 2017.’
According to the committee’s statement, the ‘departmental technical experts also expressed their appreciations to the firm that after several hiccups, the progress of the construction has picked up satisfactorily.’ The press release stated that it ‘assured the team that they will submit the updated progress report to the higher authorities at the earliest.’
The NFHRCC has requested the respective engineers of the PWD’s roads and bridges unit “of the foothills road” to provide reports in accordance with the “CE’s directive” on or before March 15 2020 “for smooth coordination for the clearance of the entire foothills stretch.”