DAYO shocked at exclusion of Foothill Road from state road projects

DIMAPUR, DEC 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/8/2020 12:49:17 PM IST

Dimapur Ao Youth Organisation (DAYO) has expressed shock by the fact that the state government introduced 14 National Highway projects totalling Rs.4127 crore but “confined only to certain geographical areas”, while ignoring the oldest and most important road connectivity- the Foothill Road- which cuts across various districts but bypassing Assam.

In a statement DAYO media cell stressed that the Foothill Road has assumed significance especially in recent times as 11 Naga tribes were subjected to “ransom” by some people in neighbouring Assam due to imposition of economic blockades as they were compelled to pass through Assam.

DAYO recalled that survey had been done for the Foothill Road for which construction began in 1974 but even after 46 years, nothing has come out of it. While appreciating the leaders of yesteryears for their vision to build such a magnanimous project, DAYO expressed pain that even after 57 years of statehood, many districts were at the mercy of others because of the incomplete foothill road connectivity.

DAYO also lauded the Foothill Road Coordination Committee for its commendable job in restarting the project and also acknowledged the support of NPF-II under chief minister Neiphiu Rio for having sanctioned Rs.70 crore for the project. However, it said the project has grounded due to lack of funds and continuing to leave affected districts at the mercy of other state(s).

DAYO also said it was astonishing that 48 MLAs representing the foothill road districts who travel by the road have chosen to remain silent when the state announced the 14 mega projects but excluded the foothill road project. 

In this regard, DAYO urged the state government to accord top priority for completion of the foothill road at the earliest since only a short stretch remained incomplete. While also appreciating the resumption of the construction of the bridge over Doyang river, DAYO was hopeful that the project would be completed on time, which will benefit the people of Mon, Tuensang, Longleng, Mokokchung, Zunheboto and Wokha districts from being constantly harassed while crossing Assam. DAYO cautioned that the silence of the people of the affected districts should not be taken as weakness but as patience and anticipation that the government would meet the hopes that the unfinished road works are completed at the earliest.

DAYO also placed on record the “philanthropic contribution” made by Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM) which donated Rs.36,56,282 towards early completion of the project. DAYO pointed out that whatever be the amount donated, the state government cannot “choose to remain silent” when churches have come forward with money and prayer and fasting as early as August 14,  for early completion of the project.

DAYO said while awaiting another mega project, the state government should also have the political will by sanctioning from its contingency fund to enable completion of motorable roads before the onset of monsoon, especially the recent Tsutapela gate blockade including the plight of the affected people.



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