KOHIMA, MAY 28: The Satakha Area GB Association (SAGBA) on Monday stated that the press statement and notification issued by the SARDP Sumi Area Affected Landowners Welfare Committee (SSAALWC) in regard to the suspension of the ongoing 2-lane highway was unauthorized.
The statement by SAGBA came about in an emergency meeting of all the 7 affected Village GBs, Chairmen and representatives of Sumi Hoho, who deliberated at length to resolve the 2-lane highway construction issue in the district, which has been dragging on for more than a year.
The house also resolved that all the press statement and notification issued by SSAALWC, calling for suspension of the 2-lane SARDP-NE Road project was unauthorized because not a single official, GB or Chairman or the GB Association were made aware of the decision.
The house further stated that it was against the laws of the GB Association, and said that the road construction should not be stopped in any manner, as it defames the name of the Satakha people since the construction area falls under their jurisdiction. The house also noted that some villages also fall under Zunheboto and Pughoboto Area.
Addressing the media after the meeting, President of SAGBA, Hokugha Chishi said the association had taken a joint decision not to let any individual or group obstruct the ongoing construction of road at any cost. He further assured that SAGBA will cooperate with and assist the administration in construction of the said highway.
While expressing his displeasure at the absence of SSAALWC representative in the meeting, Chishi informed that all the villages and GBs have agreed to start the highway work immediately and further requested the SSALWC to agree with the decision of the GB Association.
Chishi also said that the existence of SSAALWC is not known by many of the villagers and the Village GBs are not aware of when the group was formed. He further requested the SSAALWC to refrain from obstructing the construction of the highway.
It must be noted that on May 27, the Deputy Commissioner of Zunheboto had also issued an order to start the construction of the highway immediately without any obstruction by any group or individual and further warned that anybody found doing otherwise will be punished as per the law. (Page News Service)