DIMAPUR, Oct 10 - Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has given an assurance to expedite the construction of the four-lane National Highway-29 from Dimapur to Kohima.
Gadkari gave the assurance after Nagaland Lok Sabha member Tokheho Yepthomi, along with a top official of the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), met him in New Delhi on Wednesday.
�Met @nitin_gadkari regarding the slow progress of 4 lane road between Dimapur-Kohima. Hon�ble Minister has assured to accelerate construction of this crucial road,� Yepthomi said on his Twitter handle.
The Nagaland MP also submitted a letter to Gadkari, seeking the latter�s intervention in the issue relating to the slow progress of the road construction works. Yepthomi urged Gadkari to �personally intervene in this matter and look into the unnecessary hardships� the people of the State have been made to face on a daily basis.
�You are aware that the work has been undertaken by National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) with a construction period of 3 (three) years. The work is well over the stipulated time and is nowhere near completion,� the MP said.
The letter also said the completed portions of the road have already developed potholes, which only indicates poor work done by sub-contractors.
Yepthomi said the people of Nagaland have been �facing immeasurable problems due to the delay and poor workmanship of this vital road� leading to the State capital from the commercial capital, Dimapur. The MP said traffic jams on this route have become a routine exercise for travellers who are frequently stuck for hours at a stretch and overnight at times. Yepthomi rued that he had also raised the issue on the floor of the House, but to no avail.