Sunday, August 14, 2022

7 groups acknowledge State govt’s move on Foothill Road

Seven organisations have acknowledged the initiative of the State government under the leadership of chief minister Nephiu Rio and deputy chief minister Y Patton of taking up the issue of upgrading Foothill Road to a mega project and rechristening it as ‘Trans Nagaland Expressway’ with the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH).
The bodies – Nagaland Foothill Road Coordination Committee (NFHRCC), Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC), Central Nagaland Students’ Association (CNSA), Dimapur Eastern Nagaland Students’ Union (DENSU), Young Nagas Action Committee on Foothills Road (YNACFR), Nagaland Zeliang People’s Organisation (NZPO) and Eastern Nagaland People’s Union Dimapur (ENPUD)– further impressed upon the State government to expedite the matter with the Centre for obtaining a formal approval on the matter at the earliest.
This was resolved at a meeting among members of the organisations during their visit to Khelma in Peren district, the last end point of the proposed Foothill Road and about 395 km from Tizit on April 22 and 23. A meeting with the tribal leaders was held at Jalukie town, Athibung, Ikesingram village and Klelma townships respectively. The tour programme was hosted by NZPO.
They also appealed to all Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) contractors to complete their work as scheduled to synchronise with the aligned Foothill Road in all districts without compromising on quality.
The seven organisations further urged respective village/tribal authorities to cooperate with the State government and implementing agencies in accordance with the DPR of the works schemes and ensures that no internal and external forces to disturb the progress the momentum of works for the greater interest of the people.
The meeting appealed to the State government not to divert any leftover funds from the allocated amount of Rs 20 crore for the ongoing work on the Foothill Road till the project was successfully completed withing the stipulated timeframe, besides deploying all administrative and police personnel in Khelma administrative circle at the earliest.
Meanwhile, NFHRCC acknowledged NZPO and villagers in and around Khelma and Ikesingram for extending their warm hospitality to the visiting team and all frontier tribal bodies for their unflinching support in making the road a people’s movement.
This was stated in a press release by NFHRCC convener Supu Jamir, co-convener Hokiye Yepthomi, general secretary W Lemba Chang and assistant general secretary Chenithung Humtsoe.


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