The bridge that has been left unattended for over a decade

Dimapur: Local residents of Shozukhu and Zukihe villages in Nagaland’s Dimapur district have expressed serious concern over the alleged failure of the state government to construct a bridge over Dhansiri river for more than 15 years.

The villagers raised their concerns once again when state government officials conducted a survey of the bridge at Shozuku village recently.

The bridge, which is the lifeline for 57 villages to get their basic necessities from nearby Dimapur town, has been left unattended by the state government for over a decade now.

The construction of the bridge initially began in 2005 but was halted due to some differences between the government and the contractors. During the recent survey programme, the bridge is now showing signs of damage and deterioration owing to the prolonged period of completion.

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A team of experts and officials from the government and the village council pose for a photograph after conducting a survey of the bridge in Nagaland’s Dimapur district on Friday

While speaking with EastMojo, Chozhuto Aye, head gaon burha (village chief) of Shozukhu, requested the state government to sort out the differences with the contractors at the earliest and complete the construction work keeping the greater interest of the villagers in mind.

“The residents of 57 villages are now dependent on a make-shift bridge to get their basic necessities,” villagers alleged.

On Friday, the state government brought two seismic experts to inspect the bridge and to evaluate the current status of the half-done bridge.

Speaking at the programme, the experts pointed out that they would carry out the survey in two phases where they would survey both the substructure and the superstructure. The survey will last for three days and they would give the report to the state government within a few days, added the experts.

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