Road wise: Not a smooth ride

Road wise: Not a smooth ride

Morung Express News
Dimapur | June 15


Among the many pledges with specific deadline, the most courageous and ambitious target set by the People’s Democratic Alliance’s (PDA) Government was “to repair and renovate and filling of potholes in the State capital, the commercial hub, Dimapur and the (other) district headquarters within 60 days.”


Besides, it further pledged that “A comprehensive master plan for maintenance of all major roads will also be put in place where citizens can monitor and give feedback on progress of works and quality control using information technology and web based mapping software will be implemented within 100 days.”


Two months (61 days) after, when The Morung Express updated with the nodal department – PWD (Roads & Bridges) on May 8 regarding its achievement, apart from the oft repeated justification of “fund constraint,” it claimed that it was battling a far bigger hurdle – nature or more precisely the early onset of monsoon.


PWD Minister Tongpang Ozukum had then maintained that the rain has “scuttled ongoing effort to meet the stated target” and given the conditions, he held that it would be fair to assume the duration as “60 working days” instead of the pledged” 60 days.


As the 100th day approaches, the State PWD (R&B) officials expressed difficulty to highlight the achievements in “piecemeal since the Government was compiling achievements of all the Departments.”


“The PWD (R&B) had started repair and maintenance of roads in all district headquarters on a war footing to meet the deadline before the monsoon” an official said when contacted.


“The Minister in-charge had also toured most of the districts and expressed satisfaction with the work progress,” he maintained.


Pre-monsoon showers had affected the work progress and damaged some completed works, the official further said adding, “The Department continues to work during favourable climatic conditions and at odd hours.”


Meanwhile, queries to the PWD Minister about the ‘comprehensive master plan for maintenance of all major,’ remained unanswered.