The bridge, constructed by the state Public Works Department (PWD), cost Rs 35.81 crore.
The four-lane construction of the Sanuorü bridge that leads to the Nagaland civil secretariat was open for partial two-lane traffic in November last year, nearly five years after the project was sanctioned in 2015 by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MORTH).
The 65 metres long four-lane bridge was initially expected to be fully completed by December this year. The bridge project was necessitated after debris brought by the heavy rains in July and August 2015 completely blocked the water passage of the cross drain (culvert) on the river, leading to a huge collection of water upstream.
As the road surface had to be cut across to allow the flow of water to the downstream side, the road leading to the Secretariat and beyond was cut off.
The work began in 2018 after the ministry sanctioned Rs 20 crore for the bridge project in December 2015 under the Central Road Fund (CRF).
Menukhol John, principal secretary Roads and Bridges, said that the bridge is important as it connects the people to the nerve centre of the state -Nagaland Civil Secretariat, Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister’s Office and other government directorates.
He lauded the contractors for completing the project despite being paid hardly 30% of the total cost incurred for the bridge.
During the inauguration, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that the bridge is one of the most important roads and a long-awaited road.
The unresolved Naga political issue and land issues, he pointed, has hindered developmental activities in the state. He said land-related issues obstructed road construction and other developmental activities and urged the local landowners to sacrifice and co-operate with the government for all-round development of the state.
While in other states the land belongs to the government, in Nagaland, the land belongs to the people, he added. The Government is trying its best to compensate and give due recognition to the landowners, said Rio.
As he sought public cooperation, Rio said that there is a need for good roads and good infrastructure in the state to provide an opportunity for the younger generation to compete with the world and live as proud citizens of the state.
Further, the chief minister urged the need to keep the city clean. As stakeholders, he said that it is everyone’s responsibility to build a Nagaland that is presentable and respectable.
The construction work was carried out by M/S Vilelie Khamo and KC Angami as a joint venture.
The department said that to avoid erosion and scouring, the RCC channel works along the river, protection works started before the actual bridge work started. The layout was submitted only in November 2018.
An amount of Rs 15.81 crore under state resources for additional works was sanctioned during 2021.
While the total cost of the project is Rs 35.81 crore, the amount released by the ministry so far is Rs 5.35 crore and the amount released by the state government is Rs 7 crore. A total amount of Rs 23.46 crore is yet to be released against the project.
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