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Why foot hill road people’s unity road?

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/12/2019 12:08:18 PM IST

 The Foot Hill Road issue first came up out of a joint meeting of Ao Senden during the tenure of Shri. Alemtemshi IAS former Chief Secretary of Nagaland. He encouraged to all the 10 tribes of Nagaland to come together in unity to make it a success. The Ao Senden submitted a proposal for Foot Hill Road from Tizit to Dimapur towards Khelma to which all the 10 tribes had agreed to support the proposal and later on a memorandum was submitted to the state government during the tenure of NPF led by Shri. Nephio Rio as Chief Minister and accordingly the Chief Minister entrusted the minister for Dept. of Road & BrIdges to include the Foot Hill Road project proposal on the top priority list of work programme. 

In order to carry out the proposed project all the 10 (ten) tribes namely Ao, Sumi, Lotha, Konyak, Phom, Sangtam, Chang, Khiamniungan, Yimchunger and Rengma contributed Rs. 60,000/-(Rupees sixty thousand only) each, thereafter they bought a mithun and presented it to the Chief Minister, Shri. Azo Nienu, the then Minister Incharge of Road & Bridge (R&B), and concerned departmental authorities. Each tribe conducted prayer and fasting programs to invoke God’s blessing particularly for success of the Foot Hill Road Project. 

A committee was selected from among the ten tribes and passed the following resolutions as under: 

1. No land compensation to the land owners 

2. No taxation from any National worker and organization. 

3. No division or misuse of fund earmark for this purpose. 

After all the efforts and hard work, to our dismay the state government did not include the proposal in the departmental plan budget, so out of dissatisfaction in order to bring forth the grievances, the 10 (ten) tribes resolved to impose ban however due to lack of mutual understanding and official approval from the Tenyimi, the Tenyimi youth protested against the ban and an unfortunate incident broke out where the youth volunteers from among the ten tribes were attacked by the Tenyimi youths between Chumukidema and 4th mile, Dimapur and many youths were injured in the unfortunate incident. Therefore in the near future we should try to work together with cooperation according to the mutual understanding among us for peace and unity. 

Except the NH Via Kohima to Dimapur there is lack of proper road and transportation in the district of Mon, Longleng, Mokokchung, Tuensang, Zunheboto, Wokha. For more than 60 years we have been plying through Assam to reach these districts in our state facing lots of inconveniences due to frequent imposition of Karbianglong strikes and bans. 

During the tenure of Chief Secretary Shri. Alemtemshi IAS, a proposal was submitted for special package NE government of India Commission (State Plans Division) and with the help of Chief Minister Shri. Niphi Rio brought home Rs.70,000,000/- (Rupees seventy crores only) as Foot Hill Sanction vide order no. 13048/19/NL/2012-SP-NE. And out of that money many developmental works for the state are being carried out. And all the credit goes to our Chief Minister and Chief Secretary Shri, Alemtemshi for which the general public are indebted. 

These are the following proposals of the state government to the Union government; 

1. From NH29 to NH29 (new NH NOS) Dimapur Bypass. 

2. Trans Eastern Highway from Mon-Longwa-Pansha-Kiphor-Avangkhu. 

3. Showuba-Guzumyu-Poghoboto-Zunheboto-Aghunato-Shamator-Noklak-Pangsha. 

4. Gandhi Ashram Chuchuyimlang NH2 to Pangsha (International Trade Centre). 

5. MaibungTening in Nagaland to Tamenlong via Tamie in Manipur. 

Unfortunately Foot Hill was not included in the Nagaland state proposal to the Union government, we, the public are happy to learn that fortunately a proposed DPR has been submitted by the present state government and waiting in anticipation with a hope that there will be a favourable outcome this time,

The Foot Hill road was donated by the landowners of the six tribes and if the central government be pleased to grant approval of the DPR submitted by the state government, then we the land owners hope that we may be compensated as per the guidelines of NH road development

The Foot Hill issue has been going on for six long years with the support of the land owners who had willingly donated the land and the Ao church which had willingly donated more than Rs. 30,00,000/- (Rupees thirty lacs only) towards the Foot Hill road. I believe that like the Ao church many churches in Nagaland may have also generously donated towards it.

The United Naga Democratic Party (UNDP), Nagaland, would like to appeal to all the Nagas not to wait for the Sanction from the Central government rather the State Government should issue order to the civil societies to contribute voluntarily towards the project of Foot Hill Road (people’s unity road) since the State Govt. has not included in the works programme from 2013-2019 for the centre to see our unity, selfless sacrifices, love and support among the Nagas.

N. Hotongse Sangtam, President United Naga Democratic Party (UNDP) Nagaland

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