Longest Bailey bridge in Nagaland inaugurated

Kohima, March 29 (MExN): Minister for Roads & Bridges Vikheho Swu today formally inaugurated the Bailey bridge at Phangsa over River Yeangmon, which is the longest Bailey bridge in the state with 137.16m span. The bridge is located at Ukha - Yangching, Longleng road under PWD (R&B) Aboi division, Mon.

  A press release received here informed that Vikheho appealed to the people to have ownership of the bridge and other public properties and to uphold the age old good relationship between the Phoms and Konyaks. He also urged the gathering to support the peace process to find permanent peace and development in the state.  

Lamenting that 65% of the state's fund is utilized for salaries of the Government employees while only 35% is reserved for development of welfare scheme, at the same time inflow of special grants and packages has stopped from the center, the minister urged the people to transform from welfare state to independent state through priority based planning and quality execution of works. He said that in the absence of priority based planning, Nagas are weak in maintenance of the existing roads which finally results in deterioration of roads and bridges in the state.  

EE Pangteang, Parliamentary Secretary for Sericulture, CD & Home Guards in his speech said that the inauguration of the bridge is a dream come true for the people. He asserted that roads and bridges are basic needs for all round development and it would benefit everyone and not particular section of people alone. Informing that this is the third bridge that connects Longleng and Mon districts, he asked the public to judge their leaders by their deeds and not by their words.  

Lauding the contractor for completing the bridge in time despite paucity of fund, Naiba Konyak Advisor, NBDA & NEPED said that the purpose of constructing the bridge was to connect 200 km road to International Trade Centre, Pangsha from Amguri, Assam. He apprised the people that it is the shortest distance to ITC, Pangsha and said that a proposal has been submitted to the Ministry of National Highway to convert the 200 km road to National Highway.  

The president of Konyak Union (KU) Manlip Konyak and the President of Phom People's Council (PPC) Keisha also spoke and exhorted the people. They thanked the contractor, the department concerned and the Government for their initiatives and completing the project for the welfare of the people.  

Additional Chief Engineer PWD (R&B) Mokokchung Zone Er. K. Rhetso presented technical report of the bridge. He said initially the DPR was prepared for Rs. 889.07 lakh (for a span of 90.50m) but was revised due to changing of the river course at the location and the estimate cost was enhanced to Rs. 2261.11 lakh (for a span of 137.16m) in July 2013.  

The highlights of the day were cultural dance by Wangshu men and Yangching women troupe, and special numbers by Yakshu Student's Union and Yangching Student's Union. The inaugural function was attended by administrative officers, government officers, Village Council Chairmen and head GBs, GBs, party workers, NGOs and general public of Mon and Longleng districts.