Complete 4-lane road project within time-frame: NPCC

DIMAPUR, NOV 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/9/2020 12:42:49 PM IST

NPCC has demanded that governor RN Ravi and chief minister Neiphiu Rio should take initiative and direct the contractors involved in four-laning of Dimapur-Kohima road to finish work in town and village areas like Chumoukedima Police Gate, Kukidulong, Jharnapani, Medziphema, Pherima, Piphima, Sechü, Lalmati and Zubza within this winter season and supervise them.

In a statement, NPCC president K Therie also demanded that National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and the contractors must complete the road in the above areas within a given timeframe so that vendors and entrepreneurs can return to their economic activities and citizens breathe fresh air.

Drawing the attention of the governor, chief minister, NHIDCL and contractors of the four-lane national highway, NPCC stated that while it appreciated the project, the time taken in construction has seriously impacted vendors, entrepreneurs and the people residing near the road.

The party recalled that the State government had refused to pay 100% solatium to people. And when pressed for payment, the government simply replied that the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 could not be applied in Nagaland in view of Article 371A. 

But if it was so, the party said the government should have amended the Nagaland Land (Requisition and Acquisition) Act of 1965 to give benefit to land and property owners.

Observing that travel time has doubled and so has transportation, NPCC said prices of essential commodities have gone up by almost 100%. It cited how one cubic feet (CFT) of Assam sand at Phek now costs Rs150, while local sand costs Rs 110 per CFT. And at Kiphire, it is Rs 215 and 175 respectively, it added.

The party said that ever since regional parties came to power, the government has had no concern to control prices.

Emphasising that it was obligatory on the part of NHIDCL and contractors to provide service roads during construction, NPCC regretted that from the time construction began, citizens residing along the highway have been exposed to perpetual dust clouds, which is a serious concern owing to the multiple health risks they posed.


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