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CM inspects road repair works in Dmu

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 12 (NPN)
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Published on 13 Aug. 2017 12:13 AM IST
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Following the decisions taken at a coordination committee meeting on August 3, 2017 for immediate repair and restoration of roads and bridges severely damaged or washed away by the monsoon, the state chief minister, TR Zeliang, inspected the temporary road repair and restoration works here Saturday.
The chief minister was accompanied by minister road and bridges, Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, minister school education & parliamentary affairs, Tokheho Yepthomi, minister national highways & political affairs, G Kaito Aye, and parliamentary secretary irrigation & flood control, Tovihoto Aye.
While inspecting the work sites, the chief minister said the current repair works being undertaken was only for emergency restoration, which would sustain for two to three months.
After observing the slow pace of work around Purana Bazaar area, the chief minister said he has already directed the responsible departments to redouble machinery works by deploying three-four road rollers. Since it is not feasible to work during daytime due to heavy traffic, the chief minister said he has directed the officials to start works from 8pm and continue till wee hours on all days including Sundays.
Meanwhile, the chief minister disclosed that sanction has already been made for two laning of road from Tragopan Junction-Purana Bazaar and four laning from Purana Bazaar-Chumukedima. He added that tender has also been floated and contractor(s) selected.
Zeliang expressed confidence that in another two-three months all those road works would begin after final approval by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL).
The chief minister has however expressed concern over the encroachment of road from Purana Bazaar-Chumukedima. Pointing out a minimum of 120 ft would be required for four-lane project, Zeliang said that it would not be possible if the encroachment was left unchecked.
In this regard, the chief minister has directed the Dimapur district administration to look into the issue.  Zeliang was optimistic that traffic congestion in Dimapur would subside after completion of four lane. With regard to Dimapur-Kohima by-pass road, he said sanction has been made and road would be completed within two years.
Earlier, the chief minister also had a brief interaction with youths trained under Year of construction workers (YoCW), who had voluntarily turned up to help in road repair works at Purana Bazaar. Trained youths apprised the chief minister on the need for imparting another skills training to them in varied fields.
Zeliang said following the declaration of the year 2016-17 as the YoCW the government has funded the youths for undergoing training. The chief minister, however, assured that funds would be provided wherever required if the youth were willing to work. In this regard, the chief minister asked the youths to identify the area of training they required.


 
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