Nagaland governor along with state officials during a review meeting of the ongoing road projects Credit: EastMojo Image

Kohima: During a review meeting of the ongoing road projects for the Dimapur-Kohima four-lane road, Nagaland governor RN Ravi expressed ‘shock’ and ‘serious displeasure’ to the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) for not keeping their assurances on the progress of highway construction.

“Although the project was scheduled for completion in August 2019, even after 15 months of overshooting, the deadline the completion of the project is not in sight,” an official update from the Raj Bhavan Kohima said.

It informed that this is despite the creation an office of the Regional Director, NHIDCL by Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari, at Kohima for speedy execution of the work.

Expressing dismay, the governor reminded the NHIDCL that the people of Nagaland have been suffering due to lack of their interests. It informed that the governor is also taking up the matter with the union minister Gadkari in this regard.

The review meeting was held on December 5 at Dr Imkongliba Ao Hall, Raj Bhavan Kohima and was attended by Chief Secretary J Alam, DGP Shri T John Longkumer, senior officials of the State Government and senior officials of NHIDCL were present.

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A day ahead of the review meeting, Gadkari laid the foundation for 14 National Highway (NH) projects in Nagaland, along with inaugurating one National Highway project covering a total length of 270 km for Rs 4,127 crore.

Out of the 14 projects, 11 will be undertaken by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and three will be under the state’s Public Work Department (PWD).

During the virtual ceremony, Gadkari had informed that due to the slow work progress of the ongoing four-lane work of the Dimapur-Kohima road, the contractors have been penalized with a sum of Rs 1 crore each per package. A notice for imposition of penalty has also been notified to the contractors and further penalization will be made in case of slow work progress.

He informed that the contractors have assured to complete two-lane black topping by this month and the four lane will be completed by March next year.

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