DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 5: National People’s Party (NPP) Nagaland has urged Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal to look into the matter of repair and year-long maintenance of the inter-state Highways on an urgent basis.
“We, as a party for the development and progress of the entire North East, feels that our states can progress only when we shed aside our petty differences and think in a collaborative manner about the overall development and benefit of the common public,” NPP Nagaland President, Dr. Ahdrew Ahoto Sema said in an Open Letter to Chief Minister of Assam.
The NPP said while so much has been done for the people of Assam by the Sonowal Government, the issue of development of border areas especially the border roads connecting Nagaland with Assam have been lying neglected for several decades which has adversely affected transport and communication between the two states, which in turn has led to the deterioration of economy for the 2 States as both are inter-dependent on each other for economic progress.
“Dimapur, being the hub of commercial activities, is not only the backbone of economy for the state of Nagaland but also for the neighbouring state of Manipur and the districts of Karbi Anglong, Nagaon, Jorhat and Golaghat. As such it is highly imperative that there should be proper road connectivity between Nagaland and Assam which will ensure greater progress for both the States in general and for the border areas in particular,” the Open Letter stated.
The NPP stated that construction of National Highway-29 (Numaligarh-Dimapur-Kohima), which has started on war-footing, is a welcome change as for the last dedicate this stretch of Highway was highly neglected. It lamented that the National Highway-36 (Nagaon-Doboka-Dimapur) and National Highway-70D (Jorhat-Mariani-Mokokchung) have been lying in utter neglect and in pathetic condition without any signs of improvement.
These particular Highways are strategic ones as they connect many border towns of Nagaland with Assam, it added.
The NPP brought to the notice of Assam Chief Minister that hundreds of farmers, artisans and businessmen from both the states commute using these highways to sell their local and other commercial products, as such these highways are indeed important economic lifelines for the people residing in all the border areas.
(Page News Service)