Nagaland

ENPO urges State Govt to take up the Foothill Road construction on priority

Eastern Nagaland People's Organization (ENPO) urged the State Govt. to take up the “Foothill Road” connecting Khelma to Tizit with the Govt. of India for inclusion as a “priority project

Kohima, January 05 (NEx): The Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) urged the State Govt. to take up the “Foothill Road” connecting Khelma to Tizit with the Govt. of India for inclusion as a “priority project.”

The ENPO in a press release today said that the snail pace construction of “Foothill Road” connecting Khelma to Tizit which started way back in 1974 has put the Nagas at the mercy of neighbouring state due to frequent bandhs and blockades being imposed by various organisations.

The organization said that the Foothill road is a dream project of the Nagas which cut short travel time connecting many districts to Dimapur, the gateway for Nagaland. However, with deep regret, the foothill road project, the so-called survival/people’s project of the Nagas has been left out in the recent announcement made by MoRTH Mega Project in the State of Nagaland, it added.

The Eastern Nagaland People Organisation (ENPO) also appreciated the State Chief Minister Shri Neiphiu Rio for his commitment and keen interest in the said project which was revived in the year 2013. The ENPO also extend its gratitude to the NFHRCC for their commendable job thus far and support in their endeavour.

Meanwhile, the ENPO said that it learnt about the earth cutting which has been completed from Tizit to Dimapur covering Mon, Longleng, Mokokchung, Wokha and Dimapur districts and also the Doyang bridge which is on the verge of completion. At the same time the state government has also submitted for the approval of the “Trans Express Highway (Foothill Road), it mentioned.

Therefore, in the larger interest of the general public, the organization urged the State Govt. to take up with the Govt. of India for inclusion as a “priority project.” Considering the present plight of the Nagas, the ENPO seriously feel and note the ”Want of Foothill road connectivity” to bailout the Nagas from a habitual harassment by the neighbouring state and go a long way in all round development in addition to ushering relief to daily commuters from across the
state.

The ENPO further urged the state government to take up construction of at least motorable road connectivity at the earliest while also waiting for the Trans Express Highway (Foothill) project being
approved by the central government.