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Governor roots for better connectivity
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Mar 14 (NPN)
Published on 15 Mar. 2010 12:19 AM IST
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Whether by oversight or design, the recent railway budget presented by union railway minister Mamata Banerjee, had omitted mention of the Dimapur- Kohima railway which had been approved by the railways. According to informed sources, this omission was reportedly noticed by H.E.the Governor of Nagaland Nikhil Kumar after the presentation of the railway budget speech by the minister Mamata Banerjee on February 24. It may be noted that the government of India had approved the construction of railway linking Dimapur to Kohima, at an estimated cost of Rs.850 crore.The project is part of the policy to have railheads at all state capitals in the country. While projects in other states of the region found mention in the railway minister’s budget speech, there was no mention of the project, though Mamata’s speech referred to the railway line from Amguri upto Naginimora, in Mon district. Meanwhile, official sources also disclosed that the union minister for civil aviation Praful Patel has assured the state Governor that Air India would reintroduce daily flights by Airbus between Dimapur and Kolkata sector. Presently, Air India operates Airbus flights only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and the rest with ATR. According to the sources, the Governor has also taken up the matter of better roads with the BRO especially the Dimapur-Kohima stretch of the NH 39. It was learnt that on the poser from the Governor on the possibility of shortening the distance between the two town, the BRO has assured it would look into the matter and submit its report. He has also urged upon the Centre to speed up the proposal for four-lane expressway of the NH 39 from Dimapur to Kohima which had been announced by the then prime minister A.B.Vajpayee during his visit to Kohima in 2003.

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