DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 9: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has drawn the attention of the Governor of Nagaland, the Chief Minister, National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) and contractors of the 4-lane Dimapur to Kohima National Highway project to the adverse economic impact on the populace due to non-completion to the road project.
“While we appreciate the project, 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,” said NPCC president K Therie in a statement.
The NPCC stated that the travel time has doubled and transportation costs have nearly doubled due to incompletion of the road works. “All the prices of essential commodities have gone up by almost 100%. One cft of Assam sand at Phek now costs Rs.150/- while local sand costs Rs. 110/-. At Kiphire it is Rs. 215/- and Rs 175 respectively. Ever since Regional Govt. came to power, the Government has had no concern to control prices,” he claimed.
The statement also claimed that the Government of Nagaland had refused to pay 100% solatium to the people for their land, and when represented for payment, the Government replied that the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 cannot be applied in Nagaland in view of Article 371-A.
“If so, the Government should have amended the Nagaland Land (Requisition and Acquisition) Act of 1965 to give benefit to the land and property owners,” he maintained.
Stating that it is obligatory for NHIDCL and contractors to provide service roads during construction, Therie said from the time construction began, citizens residing along the highway have been exposed to perpetual dust clouds, which is a serious concern owing to the multiple health risks it poses.
The NPCC demanded the Governor and Chief Minister to take initiative to direct and supervise the contractors to finish the roads in town and village areas namely Chumukedima Police Gate, Kukidulong, Jharnapani, Medziphema, Pherima, Piphima, Sechu?, Lalmati and Zubza within this winter season.
NHIDCL and the contractors must complete the road falling under the above areas within a given timeframe so that vendors and entrepreneurs can return to their economic activities and the citizens can breathe fresh air, it added.
(Page News Service)