Kohima, February 23 (NEx): Nagaland Legislators led by Minister for Higher Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along called on Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman at New Delhi today and discussed various State matters with the Minister.
Taking to Twitter, Imna said, ‘We requested Union Finance Minister for the Trans Nagaland Highway allotment as well as discussed the policies for NEP of North Eastern States and Farmers Producing Organization for Nagaland.’
‘I am thankful to respected Smti. Nirmala Ji for listening to our concerns and for alloting her precious time,’ – tweets Imna.
Minister, Imna was accompanied by Tongpang Ozukum, Minister for Housing & Mechanical, Mmhonlumo Kikon, Advisor IT, Science & Technology, Medo Yhokha, Advisor to Chief Minister for Technical Education & Election, and Mhathung Yanthan, Advisor Horticulture & Border Affairs.
Earlier, the Deputy Chief Minister & minister-in-charge of Roads & Bridges Department, Y. Patton during the 7th Session of 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly informed that the main reason for the incompletion of the foothill road is the lack of the States owned resources and added that the State Government is committed to see that this is made into reality and have therefore been taking up this issue with the Government of India.
On the present status of the road, Patton said since the road is now affected by landslides, subsidence and thus, not pliable, in view of the fund constraints, no new works have been taken up since 2015-16. However, in order to make the road pliable, the Department has submitted a proposal estimate for clearance of landslides, construction of side drains, cross drains i/c minor bridges.
Patton further informed that the State Government is continuously pursuing with the Central Government for release of the balance funds under the SPA so that the incomplete works are completed.
During 2014-15, he informed that the State Government submitted the proposal to the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) for declaration of Foothill road as National Highway. However, the MoRTH suggested to change the nomenclature to Trans Nagaland Highway (Two Lane) to be taken up in a phased manner. The details are as follows:
Phase I : Tuli to Dimapur By Pass- 180,65 Km
Phase II : Tizit to Tuli- 68.00 Km
Phase III : Jalukie- Khelma- 71.60 Km (Dimapur to Jalukie is connected by National Highway 129 A)
Total length – 320.25 Km
He stated that the feasibility Report of Phase I and II and DPR amounting to Rs.4463.56 Crores have been submitted to the MoRTH for approval. The Report and alignment has been approved during December 2018 and the State is awaiting the approval for declaration of the Trans Nagaland Highway as a National Highway. The issue of declaring the stretch of road as National Highway has also been taken up with the Prime Minister of India on 3rd September, 2020 by the Chief Minister, Nagaland. He informed that with regard to Phase III works, the feasibility study for Jalukie to Athibung is completed and from Athibung to Khelma is yet to be finalized.