DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 3: The Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) has supported the demand of the Nagaland Foothills Road Coordination Committee (NFHRCC) and has urged the State Government to accord top priority for the completion of the foothill road.
Stating that this historic project, which was started way back in1974, could not materialize and ultimately had to be abandoned due to various factors, the CNTC urged the Government of the day to complete this historic project, which was started under the initiative of the NFHRCC, as movement of commuters from Nagaland State faces constant harassment due to lightning bandhs, economic blockades and communal tensions, which affect the movement of the people.
The CNTC expressed appreciation to a statement made by the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, at the ENPO silver jubilee celebration, on February 24 at Tobu this year that his Government was ready to make the funds available through any means for the construction of a jeepable road.
The CNTC has appealed for unconditional support from all legislative members and sections of people for this project to become a reality.
It said this is one extraordinary project where not a single landowner was made to ask for compensation and Naga Political Groups not to levy tax and the Department concerned too agreed only for statutory deductions.
The CNTC, therefore, ask the State Government to have a strong political will and urge for a speedy completion of the project without any delay as the completion of this road will uplift the people in many ways.
The Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) has fully supported the 30-day deadline of the Nagaland Foothill Road Coordination Committee (NFHRCC) to make the road pliable and has asked the State Government to promptly give a positive response to it.
As reiterated on many occasions by various Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on this important road link, the WSH echoed the voice of these organizations and demanded that this road be completed at the earliest possible time while waiting for the Trans Express Highway mega project for the approval of the Central Government.
The WSH also placed on record about the philanthropic contribution made by the Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM), which donated an amount of Rs.36,56,282, for the early completion of the project which is a worthy example of how churches have stepped forward to contribute for a social cause and proves how important this route is for the masses and the Government cannot afford to remain passive.
(Page News Service)