Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang laid the foundation stone for improvement of roads in city portion of Dimapur city at Purana Bazaar junction, NH 39 in Dimapur, here on Wednesday.
Launching of the two important projects for improvement of Dimapur city roads, Zeliang was optimistic that on completion of these works, traffic jam would be eased that would give relief to the city dwellers of Dimapur.
The two projects are part of NH 39 (2- laning of 4.4 kms from New Field Check Gate to Zion Hospital and 4-laning of 12.90 kms from Zion Hospital to Chumukedima).
The contract value of Rs 509. 08 crore will cement a concrete road, he informed. Zeliang expressed gratitude to Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) for sanctioning the projects which he said was a long felt need of the people of Dimapur.
Citing the example of Western Angami area, Zeliang called upon the public leaders and village authority concerned to take responsibility in their respective areas for passing village authority resolution so as not to create problems for road development.
He regretted that four-laning of Dimapur -Kohima road which was to be taken up from NH 36 in Karbi Anglong through Rangapahar Army Cantonment to 7th mile area by by-passing the main town area did not materialised due to objections from various quarters.
Nevertheless, he said, Nagaland is fortunate to be able to have permanent by-pass from Khatkati/Lahorijan to Patkai area via Showba Niuland-Seithekiema.
Saying that Nagas dream for a mordern four lane highway from Dimapur to Kohima would soon be a reality, he appealed for ensuring availability of land extending cooperation to enable timely completion of the projects with quality.
Nagaland Minister in-charge (National Highway) Vikheho Swu reminded the gathering about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of changing Look East Policy to Act East Policy since 2014, where ten Southeast Asian countries would be linked. “To link that Nagas has a huge role where they have to cooperate in order to implement the Act East Policy,” he maintained.