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Two-lane traffic on Sanuorü Bridge by April next year

By Our Correspondent Updated: Nov 25, 2019 10:31 pm
Neiphiu Rio inspecting Sanuorü Bridge, on the road to Secretariat, on Monday in Kohima.

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Kohima, Nov. 25 (EMN): The ongoing construction of a four-lane bridge over Sanuorü River, the road leading to Secretariat complex in Kohima, is expected to open for two-lane traffic by April 2020.

One of the contractors of the project, Vilelie Khamo, while speaking to reporters on Monday, said that works on two of the lanes would be completed by April next year. He added that working period for this year was “very less” owing to inclement weather.

Executive engineer of Public Works Department (R&B), south division, Vizotuo Seletsu, said the total cost of the project is INR 20 crore. However, payment has not been made to the contractors till date in spite of the contractors’ best effort, he added.

The engineer said Nagaland would have the first four-lane arch bridge if completed. Saying that there has been lots of complaint and negative criticism from public, he appealed to the people to cooperate.

Work for the four-lane bridge over Sanuorü commenced on October 29, 2018. The work order was issued on July 14, 2016 with 18 months’ time for completion.

A wooden bridge over Sanuorü River was constructed by the 4th NAP and inaugurated in August 2017, but it collapsed during the monsoon season of 2018.

Ongoing construction works at Sanuorü Bridge. (EM Images)

Rio inspects construction works

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday visited the construction site and interacted with the department officials and contractors. He expressed concern over the road blockade that is hampering the movement of vehicles.

Rio suggested opening a sub-way, as an alternative route for vehicles to ply, alongside the ongoing construction. However, the officials and contractors expressed inability to do so, as that would “hamper” the ongoing project. Further, Rio appreciated the “quality execution of work, as per specification”.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Nov 25, 2019 10:31:10 pm