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Rio seeks approval for Foothill Road and 2-laning of District HQ highways

Neiphiu Rio

KOHIMA, DECEMBER 4: Nagaland Chief Minister Nephiu Rio, in his address, said the Government of India, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been taking lots of initiative to take the Northeast in general and Nagaland in particular at par with other advanced states of the country in all areas of development.
“People of Nagaland will remain grateful as the State is now having a good conditioned road”, he said.
Saying that completion of city roads at Dimapur and Kohima have eased traffic congestions in the 2 districts, he also expressed hope that the 4-lane Dimapur-Kohima NH-39 would also be completed within the extended time.
The NH-39 is the life line of Nagaland and Manipur and South East Asian Countries but it had been neglected for many years, while it was the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee who had announced construction of 4-lane NH-39 in 2003, he said.
Nonetheless, Rio lamented that the UPA Government’s 2 tenures have kept the project in cold storage while it was Gadkari who laid the foundation stone in November 2017.
Informing that NHIDCL has assured that the 4-lane Dimapur-Kohima road will be completed before next monsoon season, he said once it is completed it would bring all-round development in the State.
Thanking the Union Minister for launching the 15 projects, Rio said Nagaland being a landlocked state with hilly and mountainous terrains – road connectivity is of paramount importance for speeding activities such as economic, industrial, social-culture, health and education.
He therefore requested the Central Government to consider the proposal of the Nagaland Government for conversion of all existing single-lane roads of National Highways – 115, 702, 702A, 702B and 702D into 2-lanes on top most priority so that all districts headquarter roads would be well connected.
Further maintaining that roads are the face of the country, Rio said the top priority for Nagaland is the Trans National Highway or the Foothill Road from Tizit in Mon district to Dimapur district.
This important road, which has the potential of transforming Nagaland economically and socially, has not been approved on the grounds that declaration of this road as NH is beyond the purview of the MoRTH, he pointed out.
The Chief Minister therefore requested the Union Minister to take up the matter with Prime Minister Modi. The length from Tizit to Dimapur is 248.65 KM and has 8 packages with projected cost at Rs 4,426 crore while all alignments have been approved and DPRs ready but approval is NH is awaited, he said.
He hoped that the long felt dream of Nagaland for a foothill road would be fulfilled by the GoI.
Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, MPs, MLAs, senior officers of the Centre and the State were present on the occasion.
(Page News Service)