WSH appeal Nagaland govt to  expedite foothill road project

DIMAPUR, JUNE 30 (MExN): The Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) has expressed grave concern over the non-completion of Nagaland foothill road.  It has appealed the state government to uphold in principle the Nagaland Assembly Resolution adopted on September 22, 2022 to finance the foothill road project under the North Eastern Council (NEC). 

WSH media cell, in a press release, said the Nagaland foothill road project, also known as the people's road, which was reactivated in 2013 following a hiatus of four decades, has been going on for a long time, yet with no sign of success. 

For people who live in the districts under which the foothill road project falls, it said the 396 km (roughly) long stretch is a vital link in terms of communication and economic growth and for social cohesiveness amongst Naga tribes. This vital road link will benefit not only few but every tribe and accelerate economic prosperity, it added. 

It further stated that the long held aspiration of the people is now at a crossroad because the long pending foothill road, also known as Trans-Nagaland Expressway, has forced the people of Nagaland to travel through the neighbouring state of Assam in order to reach the hundreds of villages in Nagaland forcing the common people to endure unimaginable hardships.

In light of this, the WSH appealed the state government to once again prioritise this community's initiative and make it into a reality at the earliest so that it can serve the interests of the Naga people as a whole.