Post Mortem

Bad road is the mirror of Nagaland

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/2/2019 11:43:20 AM IST

 In Kohima near Leo’s Club some beautiful words is rewritten on the retaining wall: “Kohima is the mirror of Nagaland.”

I wonder in what sense the writer has written these words, is it because Kohima is the capital of Nagaland or for having a memorial war cemetery or a museum or a beautiful landscape?

Here I want to reflect on the road condition of Dimpaur City where many roads connecting to this city from different directions. As we know Dimapur is the only commercial hub of Nagaland linking Airline, Rail-line and National High way from neighbouring states. We are proud of this. Yes. The above statements are true. But let me reflect on the present road conditions. A few roads in the middle of the City i.e Western side of Dimapur somewhat okay comparing with other roads. The rest of the roads in Dimapur are so horrible and pathetic condition. I believe that road condition of other districts in our state must be the same too. Sometimes black-top work is carried on but it lasts hardly for 2.3 years (no maintenance and no repairing at all).

Ministers, MLAs, bureaucrats, public leaders who have their beautiful residences in different locations are also using the same road. I would like to know their view about the pathetic road condition. Do they have any public concern? They have thrown the public into dustbin forcing to inhale air pollution.

Govt. officials, VVIP, rich people and so on can escape from this bad road travelling by air, that is why Helicopter service is opened recently. This is for them not for common people. As mentioned earlier Dimapur is the only Metropolitan City where people from all walks of life are going and coming including foreigners (tourists). They have witnessed the condition of bad roads. Public road is common property. Yet, it is under either Municipal Council or Town Council. They have enough funds through Tax collection. Moreover, state govt. fund is there for city and town development. What is wrong with the concerned leaders today? There are so many pot-holes, water-logging in every part of the city plus bad smell. Why should public suffer because of these insincere and dishonest leaders? The present scenario of our road condition is so bad, nobody care for it, no party or group come forward for repairing.

But here is a question, when we talk about road definitely it is under PWD department. What is wrong with this Deptt. We have a ruling govt. Then what about the respective members elected for their constituencies. When election comes they move out to every corner for votes. After election they forget everything and have the least concern. All these happenings are prevailing in our land. We Nagas are not so sincere and honest only cheating is there in our mindset. Many years back, during British rule they have constructed bungalow (resting houses) which are still in good condition and are used by us even today. The roads constructed by them are still in good condition. Their engineers are efficient workers and were far superior to the present day engineers and workers.

Last but not the least, very often from different places sick persons, pregnant mothers, old men and women are taken to Hospital for treatment. They suffer immensely owing to the bad road condition. Let us therefore, unanimously declare to-day “bad road is the mirror of Nagaland.”

N. Tsuzu, senior citizen, 


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