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Nagaland fumes over bad roads

Kohima, Oct. 12: The governor and various organisations have expressed concern over the deteriorating condition of roads in Nagaland.

According to an official report, the state has the worst roads in the country.

Governor Nikhil Kumar has written to minister for roads and bridges G. Kaito Aye to immediately look into the condition of the roads, especially in Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland. The Dimapur Naga Students’ Union has set Sunday as the deadline to start repairing the roads or they would resort to an agitation.

Since June, several organisations have been protesting throughout the state against the condition of roads terming Nagaland as “land of potholes”.

The Yimchungru Students’ Union has said it would also resort to an agitation if the roads in Kiphire district do not improve.

The bad condition of roads between Kohima and Zunheboto has made the leader of Opposition Congress, Tokheho Yepthomi, who is from Zunheboto, urge the government to immediately begin maintenance.

The road from Namtola in Assam to Mon is in such a bad shape that small cars are not able to ply on it. Congress MLA from Mon, Chingwang Konyak, has criticised the government for not carrying out repairs on time. He said the road from Naginimora near Assam to Mon is also closed because of its bad condition.

Former minister for roads and bridges and sitting Congress legislator K.V. Pusa, who today inspected roads in Kohima district, expressed dismay over the condition of roads and asked the government to immediately look into the matter.

The former state Congress president, who inspected the inter-state road from Chakhabama via Kezo to Mao in Senapati district in Manipur, said he was not satisfied with the progress of the work with several landslides damaging the roads completely.

Pusa alleged that the work was not satisfactory even though 80 per cent of the funds has been released to contractors. “I urge the government to immediately inspect the road and see that the quality of repair is not compromised.”

Another centrally sponsored road connecting Kezo to National Highway 29 at Kigwema has been blocked for several months by debris, which have not been cleared for several months. Pusa urged the department of roads and bridges to clear the road at the earliest.


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