KOHIMA, JANUARY 15 (MExN): The Zeliangrong Baudi Nagaland (ZBN) and the Zeme Council Nagaland (ZCN) have expressed concern at alleged “altercation” made to the NH-129A 2 lane package from Peren to Dimapur.
In a memorandum to the Nagaland Commissioner, the two organisations said that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had accorded sanction as per DPR for construction of NH-129A 2-lane road from Peren to Dimapur which on completion, would serve as an alternative highway to Manipur leading to Myanmar.
The memo was appended by ZBN President, CR Zeliang and Zeme Council Nagaland President, Dr Tumda Newme.
It informed that tendering process for the said road has been completed and work order has been issued for construction of the 2-lane road (Package 1A).
Under these circumstances, the memo said there is no reason why status of the road should be changed at this point of time. “No landowner has refused to part land for construction of 2-lane road measuring 18-20 meters width and therefore, reducing the same to 12/14 meters is unacceptable at any cost,” it stated.
It alleged that the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Peren along with some public leaders of Peren Town had “taken unilateral decision to recommend for reducing the specification of the 2-lane road for their self-vested interest.”
It cited a letter from the Peren DC (Letter No. PRN/DEV-15/2016/923), dated January 13, which the memo said was forwarded to the Nagaland Commissioner “without consulting the stakeholders.” This, it stated, “has not only deprived the compensation rights of several landowners but also deprived the public from having their long cherished 2-lane road.”
“The laid down guidelines are very clear and the implementing agency, NHIDCL and Peren District Administration should not have second thoughts on paying damage compensation to deserving people. If any landowner’s demand is beyond the entitlement, it is the responsibility of Peren District Administration to negotiate the rate of compensation as per the guidelines instead of compromising the specification of the road,” the memo asserted.
It said that good roads are vital for economic growth in any part of the world and development of this sector is of paramount importance. “Roads are not just for connecting places or commuters but are boons for rural development and progress,” the memo said.
It therefore stated that construction of the NH 129-A in Peren District must be taken up according to the specifications in the DPR. “We remain committed to this goal at all cost,” it said, adding that failure to address the grievances would compel the public of Peren district to “take appropriate course of action as deemed fit.”