Kohima, Aug. 16: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said the government was committed to the task of constructing a super highway along the Nagaland foothill areas from Tizit in Mon district via Tuli and Dimapur town up to Khelma in Peren district with a view to connect it to Khonsa in Arunachal and Haflong and Silchar in Assam.
Addressing the public on Independence Day at secretariat plaza yesterday, Rio said a parallel railway line has also been projected, which the railway ministry has approved and included in the railway budget since 2011. He added that linear cities are envisaged to evolve along this road and railway line, leading to urbanisation and industrialisation of Nagaland.
The super highway was proposed because of frequent strikes in Assam, which causes inconvenience to Naga travellers passing through Assam.
To further facilitate development along the Nagaland foothill areas, Rio said the state government was embarking on a new policy of setting up SDZs (special development zones).
He said the state government intends to undertake cadastral surveys to build up modern land record and tenure systems, including title and ownership deeds, to facilitate legal transfer of land.
The chief minister also expressed the hope that the recent approval of the revised revival plan of the Nagaland Pulp and Paper Mill, Tuli, would provide largescale employment to people, besides providing confidence to other investors to come to Nagaland.
Rio said 71 per cent of the states population living in rural area is dependent on agriculture for livelihood. During the 11th Plan period, the agriculture sector has achieved a growth of 6.14 per cent and the state was awarded the Krishi Karman award in 2011-12 as the best performing state in food grain production in the smaller states category.
He said Nagaland has been included in the Green Revolution programme of eastern India from 2012-2013.
Rio said the state would be the first in the country to have a comprehensive forest management plan covering the entire forest areas owned by the government as well as private. Nagaland will be hosting the 3rd Sustainable Mountain Development Summit this year wherein 11 mountain states of India will be participating.
He appealed to the people to judiciously use natural resources for the sustainable development of the state.
Rio ensured to protect the rights of the Naga people in pursuance of Article 371(A) of the Constitution.