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Rio regrets ‘half’ highway
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 30 (NPN):
Published on 1 Dec. 2008 1:39 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio Sunday regretted that the National Highway 151 connecting the state capital to Phek started from Km 3 instead of zero point. The initial 3 Km stretch from Naga Hospital colony to Tinpati was abandoned several years back by the BRO following landslide. “No National Highway starts from halfway except for the NH-151” he lamented. Rio said he would write an official letter to the concerned authority on the same and added “they (BRO) should not leave the problem and move to better areas”. The chief minister’s comment came after he made an on-spot inspection of the ongoing work to reopen the road which is already open now. Rio who is taking keen interest in reopening the abandoned portion of the NH-151 had sanctioned funds under the Chief Minister’s Road Funds for reopening of the same road. Later, he also inspected the ongoing hectic work to open a one-way traffic for light vehicles connecting Super Market area near Gate–I of the local ground with Gate-II front side of Naga Club Building through the space earlier used as footpath. The chief minister was seen directing that the work should be completed and traffic open by tomorrow. He also inspected the final preparation work for the National Hornbill Rock Contest at the Kohima local ground and urged the concerned authority to make the venue grand. Rio said that the Hornbill Festival celebration would go on as usual except that there would be no official entertainment as the state was in seven-day mourning owing to the demise of former prime minister, VP Singh.

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