Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio urges Centre to expedite development projects

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio urges Centre to expedite development projects
(The Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio calling on the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi)
  • Rio urges Centre to expedite Greenfield Airport, Trans-Nagaland Highway projects.
  • NITI Aayog meet: Nagaland CM urges Centre to complete Dimapur-Tizit railway line project.

New Delhi: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio urged upon the Government of India to expedite various projects that have been pending for some time in the state of Nagaland, such as the Greenfield Airport at Ciethu, (Foothill Road) and the Dimapur-Tizit Railway line along the foothills.

Addressing the 5th governing council meeting of the NITI Aayog, chaired by PM Narendra Modi on Saturday, Rio informed that the Ciethu Airport was proposed in 2003 but even after feasibility surveys and studies by various central agencies and preparation of DPR, the project was still pending.

He said the project may be little costlier than other airports in the country primarily due to the terrain and amount of earth cutting needed.

The villagers of the area are prepared to give additional land as per requirement for which the state government had consented to bear the cost, he said.

On the 400 km Trans-Nagaland Highway (Foothill Road), Rio said the highway would connect Tizit in Mon to Khelma in Peren district bordering Assam via Dimapur town and pass through six districts of Nagaland along the foothills.

The Nagaland CM meanwhile also highlighted the need to expand railways in the State and informed that the Dimapur-Zubza Railway line was underway while the Dimapur-Tizit railway line along the foothills needs to be expedited.

With regard to the demand for an economic development package for Eastern Nagaland Districts bordering Myanmar, the CM said that a meeting was held between the MHA and the State Government last month after which a Multi-Disciplinary Committee was constituted by the MHA on June 12 with directives to submit its report on or before August 31. He hoped that the development gaps in those districts would soon be addressed.