Appeal to restore NH 61 and NH 702(A)

Dimapur, July 8 (MExN): In continuation to the appeal letter dated 27/03/2017, the Akuluto-VK Area public held an emergency meeting and resolved to once again make the “final appeal” for maintenance and resumption of NH 702 (A).


The appeal letter addressed to the Chief Engineer, National Highway, Nagaland: Kohima stated that it has been more than two years since the existing State Highway No. 69 has been taken over by the NHAI. “Till then, the road has been left totally unattended causing extreme inconveniences to all the people using this road,” stated the letter appended by Akuluto Area GBs’ Association, Chairman, Yehokhu Chophy; VK Area GBs’ Association, President, Nitoyi Assumi; GBs’ Council Akuluto, Chairman, Hotovi Chishi; GB, Akuluto M Vikheto Chophy; and GB, Akuluto Sushoto Kinny.


It is also reminded that this highway is a lifeline not only to Zunheboto district but it also serves the state’s leading institutions such as Nagaland University HQ (Lumami), Khelhoshe Polytechnic Atoizu, State Pig Breeding Centre Akuluto, 8 NAP Naltoqa, Christian Mission Centre (Aizuto) to name a few.


Last year the road was totally cutoff at Alaphu owing to massive landslide and even this year’s recent accident of a truck proceeding to Zunheboto on July 2, 2017 leading to the death of two passengers and grievously injuring seven co-passengers is the classic example of the road condition.


While highlighting the pledges, the letter stated that the christened National Highway 702(A) is no better than the river. “The entire district is ransomed by the deplorable road condition affecting almost all activities of life which has come to a standstill,” it added. Therefore, the Chief Engineer has been requested “to resurrect the road condition within the month of July 2017.”


“Failing which the area public shall be compelled to close the NH 61 as well as NH 702(A) for an indefinite period of time and the department concerned shall be solely held responsible for any consequences that may entail out of such consequential action,” the appeal note added.