NFHRCC seeks donation for road work

DIMAPUR, JAN 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/5/2021 12:45:28 PM IST

Nagaland Foothills Road Co-ordination Committee (NFHRCC) has appealed to all the apex tribal hohos to donate an amount of Rs.50,000 each to mitigate the foothill road project at the earliest preferably by last week of January 2021.

In a press release, NFHRCC convenor Supu Jamir, general secretary W Lemba Chang and assistant general secretary Chenithung Humtsoe said the resolution to this effect was taken at a meeting held on January 2, 2021.

Lauding 11 Ao legislators for taking up the foothill road issue with chief minister Neiphiu Rio, the committee has further appealed to all other MLAs to co-ordinate among themselves and apprise the government to execute the work at the earliest. Further, NFHRCC has acknowledged the contractor M/S L Pukhato Shohe & Sons of the Doyang Bridge at Governor’s Camp, Liphanyan for resuming the construction and further appealed to the firm to complete the bridge at the earliest. 

Meanwhile, the committee has directed all heavy trucks and goods carriers plying on the aligned foothills road to cautiously use the road to avoid further damage and obstructing the movement of smaller public vehicle. It also urged the log truck and stone crusher operators to maintain the road for all vehicles in their area of operations.

Include foothill road as ‘priority project’: ENPO tells govt

Describing the foothill road as “a dream project of the Nagas”, the Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organization (ENPO) has urged the state government to take up the project with the Centre for inclusion as a “priority project” and also to at least take up construction of motorable road at the earliest.
ENPO through its media cell stated that the snail pace construction of “foothill road” connecting Khelma with Tizit , which started way back in 1974, has put the Nagas at the mercy of neighbouring state  due to frequent bandhs and blockades imposed by various organisations. 
ENPO said that foothill road would cut short travel time connecting many districts with Dimapur. It, however, expressed regret that the foothill road project has been left out in the recently announced road projects by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) in Nagaland. 
While extending its deep appreciation to the chief minister for his commitment and keen interest in the foothill road project, which was revived in the year 2013, the organization also expressed gratitude to the NFHRCC for their “commendable job thus far” and assured to extend its support in their endeavour.
According to ENPO, the earth cutting has been completed from Tizit to Dimapur covering Mon, Longleng, Mokokchung, Wokha and Dimapur districts. It said that the Doyang bridge was also on the verge of completion. 
Further, it said that the state government has also submitted for the approval of the “Trans Express Highway (Foothill Road).  
 “Considering the present plight of the Nagas, the ENPO seriously feel and note the ‘want of Foothill road connectivity’ to bailout the Nagas from a habitual harassment by the neighbouring state and go a long way in all round development in addition to ushering relief to daily commuters from across the state,” it remarked.
ENPO has, therefore, urged the state government to take up construction motorable road at the earliest while also waiting for the approval of the Trans Express Highway (Foothill) project by the Centre.


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