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NPCC plea on ring roads for dists.
Published on 5 Jan. 2009 1:12 AM IST
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Expressing serious concern over the state of economy of the State, NPCC president KV Pusa has stressed on the importance of having ring-roads connecting all the district headquarters in Nagaland in order to boost economic development. “We are really concerned for the economic development of the state but not the one on piecemeal basis initiated by the present DAN government,” he told NEPS on Sunday. Asked about the funding of such development, Pusa quoted state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio saying that there was no dearth of funds for the development in the state. “What he (Rio) said was his officers in various departments did not prepare Detailed Project Reports (DPR)” he said. He also lamented on nature of development done in 2008 saying it came to a standstill despite the huge funds from the centre. “What they (DAN) keep saying is what they said in their last tenure,” he pointed out. The NPCC chief also expressed serious concern on the increasing traffic congestion in the state capital and urged the government to come up with a clear “blue print” on it. He felt the government should appoint expert committee for easing traffic problem in Kohima town. “We always keep talking about the traffic problem in the state capital but what we need is a political will to solve the problem” adding there would certainly be a way out if there was a will. Pusa pointed there was a “4-lane provision” for the existing NH 39, the funds for which has already been sanctioned. He urged the state government to immediately expedite it. He suggested widening of the roads wherever necessary and compensation paid to the landowners. Pusa pointed out that he had proposed construction of a new bypass road to specifically ease traffic congestion in the state capital as minister in the erstwhile Congress government. The proposal was to divert the road from Peducha on NH 39 and come out in Southern Angami area touching the NH 39. He felt such construction would ease the traffic congestion in the state capital to a large extent as it would not touch the capital road areas.

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