Morung Express News
Dimapur | August 22
The Nagaland Public Works Department, till the month of July, had taken up a total road length of 116.45 kilometres for ‘maintenance.’ Out of this, it has completed only 31.3 km (or 26.87%) while 85.15 km are still in progress or incomplete.
In terms of numbers of roads taken up for maintenance out of 89, only 29 have been completed; 46 are designated as ‘Roads in Progress,’ and there are no information regarding the rest(8). The data given in the recently launched Nagaland CM Dashboard does not specify in details the break-up of roads.
The State’s Public Works Department to which the Dashboard linked the road maintenance data was not functioning when The Morung Express accessed last on August 22.
On road constructions under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) – launched by Government of India to “provide connectivity to unconnected habitations as part of a poverty reduction strategy,” the progress appears far from being a smooth ride.
According to the Dashboard, under PMGSY, 19 roads with a total length of 263.74 km are currently under the scheme. The sanctioned cost for the project is 16,965.68 lakh (169 crore).
As per the PMGSY’s ‘Online Management, Monitoring and Accounting System (OMMAS),’ to which the Dashboard data is linked, Nagaland has target length of 200 km in the financial year 2018-19. However, only 42.5 km has been completed.