Foothills Road: Still on a slippery path. (Image for representational purposes only)
Morung Express News
Dimapur | July 9
As the Nagaland foothills road project gathers dust, the Nagaland Foothills Road Coordination Committee (NFHRCC) has sought the immediate intervention of the Nagaland state government.
The construction (earth-cutting) of the road started in December 2013 only to come to a grinding halt after August 2016. Delayed funding from the state government was attributed as the cause.
Only 8km of earth-cutting is required for inter-linking of the around 250km road along the foothills bordering Assam. Around 5 km of earth-cutting is required in the Niuland segment and 3 km in the Naginimora area. As per the DPR, only 11.5cr is required to complete the earth-cutting.
The government had pledged a sum of Rs. 70cr to the project in 2013, which were sanctioned and released in two instalments – Rs. 40cr in 2013-14 and Rs.30cr in 2014-15.
If work had progressed as envisaged and funds not delayed, the earth-cutting would have been over by the turn of 2017.
With work ceasing for almost two years, the NFHRCC maintained that the government must act to revive the project. Convenor Supu Jamir informed that the committee met on July 9 in Dimapur to discuss matters pertaining to resumption of the work.
Jamir said that the committee at the meeting today resolved to impress upon the Nagaland Chief Minister the urgency of resuming work. He further informed that another meeting has been convened on July 14.
The contractor building the Doyang bridge at Liphanyan has also been invited to the July 14 meeting. According to Jamir, a complaint has been filed against the contractor by some people with regard to the bridge. He did not disclose the nature of the complaint but said it will be discussed at the forthcoming meeting.
A key link to the Foothills road, the building of the Doyang bridge, had started in December 2014 with 33 months completion deadline.