Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio dedicated first ever RCC arch bridge in the state on Monday.

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio dedicated the first-ever four-lane RCC arch bridge in Sanuorü river along Secretariat Road Kohima in the state to the people on Monday.

“Happy to inaugurate Sanuorü Bridge, the first 4-lane RCC arch bridge in the state, dedicated to the people of Nagaland, on one of the most imp. roads leading to the Nagaland Civil Secretariat,” Rio tweeted.

Speaking on the occasion, Rio said Sanuorü bridge is one of the most important bridges in Nagaland as it connects the main Kohima town to the ‘nerve centre’ of the capital.

He said the bridge was inaugurated when it was needed the most, especially during the time when the state is looking forward to receiving tourists and guests for the Hornbill Festival besides Christmas and New Year.

“One should not solely depend on the government to keep our towns and cities clean as it is not possible for the government alone do it,” Rio added.

He said it is the responsibility of every individual to maintain, preserve and protect our assets, environment and keep our surroundings clean.

He expressed appreciation to the department officials, contractors, landowners and others involved in the construction of the bridge for extending fullest cooperation and executing the work successfully on time with sincerity and commitment.

Principal secretary, works and housing, Menukhol John, in his introductory remarks, said the project was sanctioned by the Union ministry of road transport and highways in December 2015.

The work was allotted to M/s Vilelie Khamo- KC (Joint Venture) in July 2016 with a total cost of Rs 35.81 crore. So far, Rs 12.35 crore has been released, which is only 30% of the total cost and the remaining Rs 23.46 crore is yet to be released, he added.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com