DIMAPUR, Dec 21 - People of Dimapur today got two new RCC girder bridges as Christmas gift.
Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, also the minister in charge of PWD (roads and bridges), inaugurated the two all-important bridges � one over Chathe river at Diphupar 'A' and the other over Dhansiri river at Kuda village � of Dimapur district in presence of a host of ministers, advisers, government officials and members of the public.
Four people, including a minor were killed when the bridge over Chathe river caved in on July 2017 while the British-era bridge over the Dhansiri river almost became unmotorable. The Chathe river bridge connects Niuland and Kuhuboto sub-division of Dimapur district with Dimapur town, while the Dhansiri river bridge serves as one of the main lifelines of Dimapur town.
Funded by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the bridge over Chathe river was constructed at a cost of over Rs 34 crore after dismantling the old steel girder bridge. The 120-metre bridge over Dhansiri river was built at a cost of Rs over 35 crore by local construction company M/s Naagaami Infratech Pvt. Ltd. The existing bridge over the Dhansiri river was constructed by the Britishers, though no official records are available as to when it was constructed. It has therefore been preserved as a heritage structure.
Unveiling the plaque of the two bridges, Patton thanked Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for sanctioning additional funds to ensure that the bridges become functional before this X�mas.