ZBN, NZPO back new alignment of NH-129A

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/13/2021 12:01:10 PM IST

Zeliangrong Baudi Nagaland (ZBN) and Nagaland Zeliang People Organisation (NZPO) have come out in support of the new alignment of NH-129A via Mhainamtsi-Lamhai-Dungki- Heningkunglwa-Ngwalwa-Vidima-7th mile, Chumukedima connecting NH-29. 

In a representation to dy. chief minister, ZBN president CR Zeliang and NZPO president Kevipele Iheilung reminded that Ministry of Road Transport and Highway had accorded sanction for construction of a 2-lane highway connecting Maram-Peren-Dimapur section of NH-129A (Manipur-Nagaland) following which tendering process was initiated by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) and work orders already issued for some portions of the project. 

However, they said that there had been complaints from some organizations namely Aqahuto Area GBs Union, Western Sumi Hoho, village council of Vidima, Razaphe, Razaphe Basa and Disagaphu, and Western Sumi Youth Front, raising objections to the new alignment of NH-129A.

ZBN and NZPO also sought to place on record that “the old alignment via Mhainamtsi-Pimla-7th Mile was strongly objected to by the ancestral landowner Lamhai village since 2019 purely on the ground of land dispute.” 

They said that the “Zeliang people shared traditional boundary with Chakhro Angami alone since time immemorial and the same have been documented.”

“The CSOs of Peren district stood with the ancestral landowners for preservation of its ancestral rights rather than any developments which could hijack its rights,” ZBN and NZPO said, adding that they fully support the new alignment of NH-129A via Mhainamtsi-Lamhai-Dungki-Heningkunglwa-Ngwalwa-Vidima-7thMile. This, they said was the most suitable and appropriate option since there was no dispute with land ownership and any such issues may further delay of road construction.

They further said that the alignment proposed by other organisations, passes through several Sumi villages, most of which they alleged to have been illegally established within the disputed area. In this regard, ZBN and NZPO urged the government to go ahead with the new alignment, claiming that it “will not touch any land dispute area”.


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