BJP Nagaland moves UPA for clearing major projects in state
DIMAPUR, JANUARY 15
State BJP president, Dr M Chuba Ao and general secretary, Prashant Arora have submitted the list of 14 major projects proposed by the state government to the UPA government which otherwise remains to be implemented.Among the subjects in the list are – the 428.80 km Foothill Road from Tizit to Khelma with projections of linkage with the Trans Arunachal Highway at Khonsa in the north and with the Quadrilateral Highway in the south that ends with Silchar.
According to a press release by state BJP secretary, Jaangsillung Gonmei, Nagaland state BJP president, Dr M Chuba Ao and general secretary, Prashant Arora who attended the first meeting of the Central BJP Charge Sheet Committee recently formed submitted the lists of proposals.
The committee meeting headed by Gopinath Munde, deputy leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha and comprising of three other members namely – Ravi Shankar Prasad, deputy leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha and Ahluwalia, BJP National vice president and Election Incharge of North East India and Ms Sitaraman, MP and party spokesperson was held at Guwahati on January 10 with the BJP presidents and general secretaries of all the states.
The release expressed hope that this project would promote urbanization, industrial and employment opportunities especially, around the demarcated SDZ areas while sidestepping the frequent bandhs of neighbouring Assam.
The lists of proposals include – Promoting Indo-Myanmar trade routes from three points of Pangsha, Lungwa and Awangkhu of the total length of 211 kms, construction of 2 lane Trans Eastern Nagaland Road from Mon to Avangkhu, extending National Highway corridor of NH 37 and 29 from Nowgong to Moreh and construction of new international Airport at an alternate new location in Dimapur as the existing airport is a waterlogged area and non expandable.
Commencement of the surveyed new 257 kms railway line from Tizit to Dimapur of the total project cost of Rs. 4274 crore.
Setting up of Medical College at Dimapur of the cost of Rs 402.7 crore for capacity building and employment besides enhancing the medical seats and efficient and medical services to benefit the people in the state and the North East.
Construction of the State’s ministers’ and Speakers’ bungalows as the existing are over 50 years. Sanction of the Rs 300 crore ‘Special package’ for the Eastern Nagaland region, power units at Lower Tizu, Zungki and Dikhu of the total of 256 MW, commencement of the revival package of the Tuli Paper mill following the Rs 100 crore already released out of the total cost of Rs 600 crore, upgradation of the SASRD, Agricultural College, Medziphema to a full fledged University, establishment of Veterinary College at Peren.
The release also rued at the ‘poor attitude of the UPA government in solving the Naga Political issue’ despite the fact that the previous Rajiv Gandhi government had brought about the Punjab and Mizoram accord to a lasting solution. Even the state Congress unit is very distant from the urge to have this problem solved.