Kohima, December 02 (NEx): The National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) has imposed financial penalty on the contractors due to slow progress of the Dimapur-Kohima road, informed Tokheho Yepthomi, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Nagaland on Wednesday.
Yepthomi also informed that the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari has conveyed the assurance of the Contractors for Dimapur – Kohima road to finish two-lane black topping by December 15, 2020 and four-lane by March 31, 2021.
Tokheho Yepthomi through a tweet informed that due to slow progress of works, National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) has imposed financial penalty on the contractors.
Hon’ble Union Minister @nitin_gadkari ji has conveyed to me the assurance of Contractors for Dmp-Khm road to finish 2 lane black topping by 15th Dec 2020 and 4 Lane by 31st Mar 2021. Due to slow progress of works, @nhidcl has imposed financial penalty on the contractors. pic.twitter.com/zJdPpiPGpP
— Tokheho Yepthomi (@TokhehoYepthomi) December 2, 2020
It is important to note that the contractor firms had initially agreed to complete the 4-lane construction within 3 years, which is by 2020.
The Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister of Nagaland, T. R Zeliang on November 11, 2020, while reiterating the grievances of the general public in the State arising due to the ongoing Dimapur-Kohima four-lane construction works, called for immediate investigation by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), over the slow road work progress and also on the work quality.
Earlier, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has also demanded that the Governor and Chief Minister should take initiative to direct and supervise the contractors to complete the roads. Highlighting the hardship faced by people, the NPCC stated, “the construction time taken has seriously impacted the economy of vendors, entrepreneurs and the living conditions of people residing near the road, in a negative manner.”