Kohima, Aug. 12: Thousands of people today took to the streets in protest against non-maintenance of roads by the Border Roads Organisation/ Border Roads Task Force (BRTF) in and around Kohima town.
Most of the roads in the state are in deplorable condition for the past many years.
Today’s protest rally was organised by the Kohima Village Youth Organisation after serving several ultimatums regarding the road condition, particularly from Pezielietsie to Keyake. The procession began from Don Bosco School and ended at the BRTF camp at High School Colony.
Representatives from various organisations and schools, including Don Bosco HS School, TM School, Mount Hermon School, Kohima College, Christ King School and NRBPS (Hindi institute) and local people participated in the rally.
A public meeting was held in which various schools representatives and people condemned the pathetic road condition. “The roads are pathetic,” a student said.
The organisation’s members said at one point of time, the youth organisations assisted BRO/BRTF in widening of the road. Despite such contributions the BRTF has not acknowledged the organisation’s contribution.
However, BRTF officials said there was little co-operation from the people to maintain the roads in the state. The officials blamed haphazard construction, stone quarrying, and others.
The national highway between Dimapur and Kohima has also become non-motorable but the state government has not come forward to extend support to the BRTF to maintain it.