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NH 155: for the ducks
Dimapur, Jul 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Jul. 2009 12:17 AM IST
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What should normally take around three hours, takes nearly double the time while traveling along the NH 155 between Tuensang and Mokokchung. In winter, the road literally creates dust storms while in summer it resembles numerous pockets of ponds. The photo, sent by a citizen journalist, Haku Chang clearly amplifies how badly neglected the road continues to be. A duck taking a swim in what is supposed to be a road is perhaps the height of everything. Travelling to Tuensang, the headquarters of erstwhile Naga Hills Tuensang Area(NHTA) and the oldest in the state, bears mute testimony to decades of neglect. The district sends 11 MLAs to the state assembly and was once placed under a separate department of Tuensang Affairs. However, the road today indicates that their very representatives have failed to do justice to their own district since 1963. The road is the life line of the district including Kiphire, with hundreds of vehicles plying over what is supposed to be an important road linking the people with the rest of the state. The journey on the road is as perilous and worse if some patients were to be transported to Mokokchung or beyond for urgent medical treatment. The highway was taken over by Nagaland Public Works Department (NPWD) from the Border Roads Organization (BRO). The political decision has not made things any better as the people would testify. State chief minister Neiphiu Rio is scheduled to visit Tuensang for the much hyped “Road Show” and the question that people ask is whether the chief minister will take note of the deplorable condition of the road?

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