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Pusa slams govt on 4-lane Highway
Kohima, Mar 27
Published on 28 Mar. 2010 1:15 AM IST
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Congress member and former NPCC president K V Pusa today strongly opposed the move of the DAN government to reroute the proposed fo9ur-lane along the NH 39 from Dimapur via Chumukedima-Medzephema to Kohima.
Taking part in the discussion in the house today, Pusa who has been stressing for better road system in the state today cautioned the ruling coalition government against its plan to align the proposed four-lane from original proposal on National Highway-39, the first National Highway in the state which was also the lifeline of Manipur state.
The objection of the congress leader comes close on the heels of reports that the DAN government was carrying out a new alignment from Dimapur to Kohima, abandoning the old alignment.
It was learnt that the state government has decided to redirect the four-land road sanctioned by the then Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2003 due to the land problem, especially between Dimapur and Chumukedima. Vajpayee had announced an allocation of Rs. 400 crores for the road.
Pusa alleged vested interest in re-aligning the four-lane. “We will never allow it. Government should immediately start the four-lane work through NH-39” he demanded.
He said NH-39 is a historical road where British and allied troops repulsed the invading Japanese troops. “I request the August house that this National Highway should not be re-routed” the Congress leader told the Assembly during the debate on Governors address.
Slamming the DAN government for what he alleged was failure in all fronts, Pusa said crores of rupees have been misappropriated by the government of the day. He particularly drew the attention of the House to the misappropriation of Rs. 10 crore allotted to the state by the centre during 2009-2010. He said though more than half of the amount has been released for the tourism infrastructure, including, footpath from Viswema village to Dzukou, though nothing has been done in reality he said. He demanded immediate appropriate explanation from the government on how the fund was utilized.
On Development of Under developed Area (DUDA), Pusa said there were discrimination of backward districts namely, Mon, Longleng, Tuensang and Kiphire due to the wrong policies of the DAN government. He urged DAN government to protect the interest of people of eastern Nagaland. On Naga political issue, the Congress leader regretted that though all the 60 legislators came together to pursue the issue in the earnest way, the speech of governor had failed to mention Congress members. “I thought the Governor would recognize the reality” he said.
He also regretted that Governor’s speech had mentioned only NSCN and not the Naga National Council/Federal Government of Nagaland without which no final solution was possible.

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