Kohima: The ongoing four-lane construction of the Sanuorü bridge that leads to the Nagaland civil secretariat was open for partial two-lane traffic on Monday, nearly five years after the project was sanctioned in 2015. The 50 metres long and 17 metres high bridge is expected to be fully completed by December next year.
The works began in 2016 after the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRT&H) sanctioned Rs 20 Crore for the bridge project in December 2015 under the Central Road Fund (CRF) in December 2015.
Nagaland deputy chief minister Yanthungo Patton who also holds the portfolio for PWD (roads and bridges) inaugurated the bridge for two-lane traffic, a day ahead of the 58th statehood day. Briefly addressing the gathering, Patton appealed the contractors to complete the four-lane road before the deadline set on December 31 next year.
Patton also said that if any problem arises—which may include financial problems, all problems be addressed to the department for timely completion of the project. He later took to Twitter, saying “The opening of the Sanuorü Bridge today, just before the Statehood Day celebration, is being seen as a great relief to the people of Kohima. A promise has been kept which wouldn’t have been possible without the collective effort of so many people and support of the citizens”.
Rovilato Mor, Commissioner and secretary of Works and Housing (W&H) recalled how the heavy rains during July and August in 2015 in the state caused significant damage to many roads and bridges, with a major catastrophe being the stagnation of water on the river Sanuorü due to the blockage of the culvert.
The construction of a permanent four-lane reinforced concrete was proposed along the Sanuorü river after the occurrence of a flash flood-like situation that blocked the water passage at the river leading to the huge collection of water in the upstream side.
While the actual bridge layout was only given in November 2018, he said that given the inconveniences caused to the road users along the subway, it was decided to concentrate for the completion of one two-lane portion first and open it for traffic.
The work for the bridge project was allotted to M/S Vilelie Khamo and KC Angami (joint venture) during July 2016. He informed that the works for the remaining two-lane portion and the ancillary works are going on in full swing.
Chief engineer PWD Limanaro informed that till date, the ministry has released a sum of Rs 60 lakh for the implementation of the project. The state government has released a sum of Rs 7 Crore for the project.
She informed that the revision for the estimates of the additional works is yet be ascertained by the department.
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