Chiefs of Kuki villages agree to construction of NH-202

The hill cutting work is said to have started on Thursday and the present single lane will be developed to double lane (7 metres).

The chiefs of Kuki villages settling along the Ukhrul-Imphal road have agreed to widening and hill cutting work of National Highway-202 Package-1 from Yaingangpokpi to TM Kasom.

The district administration of Ukhrul on October 28 had a meeting with the chiefs of Kuki villages of Zalengbung, Lamlai Chingphei, Mongkot Chepu, Sangkai and Litan Sareikhong, and had come to an understanding that the hill cutting work can be started before giving any compensation to the land owners in their respective villages.

It is learned that the hill cutting work has started on Thursday and the present single lane will be developed to double lane (7 metres).

NHIDCL officer informed this IFP correspondent that a detailed survey for the project had been completed long time ago, however, the compensation for land acquisition is still in progress in other places or villages.

The ongoing double lane construction from Yaingangpokpi to Finch Corner (under Package-1 and 2) will reduce the existing 35km to 31km. Package-1 covers a distance of 16.9km from Yaingangpokpi to TM Kasom and the project cost is estimated at Rs.124.8 crore. Package No. 2, a distance of 14.7km, the project cost is estimated at Rs 135.6 crore. NHIDCL is the project client, Dhruv Consultancy Services Ltd is the authority’s engineer and the contract for the said project has been awarded to M/S Varaha Infra Limited.

The widening of Imphal to Ukhrul road from single lane to double lane will immensely ease the travelers and transporters.

First Published:Oct. 30, 2020, 8:59 a.m.

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