NFHRCC plea to CM for fund

DIMAPUR, JUL 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/24/2018 11:49:22 PM IST
 Nagaland Foothills Road Co-ordination Committee (NFHRCC) has sought the intervention of chief minister, Neiphiu Rio to accord top priority and urged the latter to provide Rs 11.5 crore for completion of earth cutting to the historic road project, as it would be the gateway for Nagas.
In a letter addressed to Rio, NFHRCC convener Supu Jamir and assistant general secretary W Lemba Chang recalled that the State government had started construction of the foothills road in 1974. It, however, did not materialise and was ultimately abandoned. 
Again, after a gap of almost four decades and at the initiative of NFHRCC, the project was revived in 2013 as “extra-ordinary project” or “people’s project”, they added. 
They pointed out that landowners were convinced to part with their land without a penny as compensation, Naga political groups agreed upon not to levy tax and department concerned too agreed for statutory deductions. 
The representation further recalled that NFHRCC leaders had met Rio when he was the chief minister on June 17, 2013 and that he had assured the former that necessary fund would be provided for construction of foothills road as it was the road to granary. 
Accordingly, Rio had sanctioned Rs 40 crore as first instalment and Rs 30 crore as second instalment from Special Plan Assistance, before he left for New Delhi as a member of Parliament.
Thereafter, they said when TR Zeliang became chief minister, only 8 km (5 km in Nuiland and 3 km in Naginimora) was left for earth cutting and the total amount involved was Rs 11.5 crore. However, Zeliang not only stopped providing fund, but also did not give even an appointment to the committee. Consequent upon this, the historic project came to a grinding halt, NFHRCC claimed.
Regarding construction of bridge over Doyang river at Governor’s Camp, a little more than 50% of work was completed. 
In this regard, a meeting was held on July 9 this year with bridge contractor L Pukhato Shohe and that after a thorough deliberation it was decided that the contractor would resume construction in full swing with the onset of working season, the representation added.
According to NFHRCC, the foothills road would be extended till Khelma in due course of time to connect the entire foothills area of the State. In the near future, the road could also be converted into international road in consonance with the Government of India’s Act East Policy, the committee added.

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