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Upset villages kick up dust on ‘foothill road’

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By EMN Updated: Oct 21, 2013 11:03 pm
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DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 21

VILLAGES in Wokha and Mon district through whose territories the so-called ‘foothill road’ was to pass through are unhappy that the government has reneged on its original plan. Two separate press releases were received here today from 13 villages from both the districts. The first representation was from Wokha villages Changpang, new and old Tssori, Longtsuri, new and old Amboto, Longayim, Xukiye and Mekirang. The villages expressed unhappiness that the “technical report” stated the project to be unviable for the route passing though the villages. The claim has “stress the sentiment of the people” of the area, the villages’ authorities said. “Moreover, it is pertinent to mention here that this area is one of the most potential areas in mines and mineral resources. As such the proposed foothill road is need to be constructed in the area otherwise the mine and mineral resources of the area will mean for useless due to want of road communication facilities for transportation,” the press release explained.
The village explained that constructing “such foothill road” is “mere job” for “expert technicians” I this “modern computer age,” they said. “But the report mentioning not viable seems that they are not expert technicians or else they are intending to master their vested interest motive.”
The Wokha villages have appealed to the chief minister to take initiative and “pass effective order to let the construction of the proposed foothill roads to be constructed through oil fields and EAC headquarters for better implementation of oil field activities as well as connectivity from ADC headquarters Bhandari to EAC headquarters Changpang.”
Likewise, four villages from Mon district have resolved not to allow the foothill road to be constructed due to the PWD not sticking with the original report but presenting a new one. The villages are Lapa Lampong, Lapa, Longlam and Oting. The local authorities of the stated villages said that the Nagaland government had sanctioned “Rs. 82 crores and Rs.42 crores had earmarked during this current financial year2013-14 for immediate re-construction of the existing foothills connectivity road against the disturbance and numerous blocked imposed in Assam.”
A joint meeting of the Konyak Union and the Public Works Department had resolved that no political parties, NGOs, village council or individuals shall interfere in the matter of survey and alignment “but the PWD technical department shall independently execute the survey and alignment works, and the meeting also resolved to extent full support and co-operation to the department.”
Based on joint resolutions the PWD technical department independently conducted and submitted the survey and alignment reports to the higher authority for approval starting point from Lapa Lampong to Naganimora via Takum and Tiru without touching or passing through the existing foothills road of Lapa village, Longlam village and Oting village.”
“However it is learnt that, the department concerned had submitted another final alignment proposal to the chief engineer PWD starting point from Tizit town (Forest gate) to Naganimora via Takum, Tiru which is threatening us of depriving all the foothills road connectivity and bridge point at Lapa Lampong,” the villages said.
The four villages have declared that the construction of the road under their jurisdiction i.e., via Takum, Sufry River bridge and Tiru bridge shall not be allowed or pass through unless the PWD department clear its stand and undertake a new survey or alignment as desired by the people of the four villages.

VILLAGES in Wokha and Mon district through whose territories the so-called ‘foothill road’ was to pass through are unhappy that the government has reneged on its original plan. Two separate press releases were received here today from 13 villages from both the districts.
The first representation was from Wokha villages Changpang, new and old Tssori, Longtsuri, new and old Amboto, Longayim, Xukiye and Mekirang. The villages expressed unhappiness that the “technical report” stated the project to be unviable for the route passing though the villages. The claim has “stress the sentiment of the people” of the area, the villages’ authorities said. “Moreover, it is pertinent to mention here that this area is one of the most potential areas in mines and mineral resources. As such the proposed foothill road is need to be constructed in the area otherwise the mine and mineral resources of the area will mean for useless due to want of road communication facilities for transportation,” the press release explained.
The village explained that constructing “such foothill road” is “mere job” for “expert technicians” I this “modern computer age,” they said. “But the report mentioning not viable seems that they are not expert technicians or else they are intending to master their vested interest motive.”
The Wokha villages have appealed to the chief minister to take initiative and “pass effective order to let the construction of the proposed foothill roads to be constructed through oil fields and EAC headquarters for better implementation of oil field activities as well as connectivity from ADC headquarters Bhandari to EAC headquarters Changpang.”
Likewise, four villages from Mon district have resolved not to allow the foothill road to be constructed due to the PWD not sticking with the original report but presenting a new one. The villages are Lapa Lampong, Lapa, Longlam and Oting. The local authorities of the stated villages said that the Nagaland government had sanctioned “Rs. 82 crores and Rs.42 crores had earmarked during this current financial year2013-14 for immediate re-construction of the existing foothills connectivity road against the disturbance and numerous blocked imposed in Assam.”
A joint meeting of the Konyak Union and the Public Works Department had resolved that no political parties, NGOs, village council or individuals shall interfere in the matter of survey and alignment “but the PWD technical department shall independently execute the survey and alignment works, and the meeting also resolved to extent full support and co-operation to the department.”
Based on joint resolutions the PWD technical department independently conducted and submitted the survey and alignment reports to the higher authority for approval starting point from Lapa Lampong to Naganimora via Takum and Tiru without touching or passing through the existing foothills road of Lapa village, Longlam village and Oting village.”
“However it is learnt that, the department concerned had submitted another final alignment proposal to the chief engineer PWD starting point from Tizit town (Forest gate) to Naganimora via Takum, Tiru which is threatening us of depriving all the foothills road connectivity and bridge point at Lapa Lampong,” the villages said.
The four villages have declared that the construction of the road under their jurisdiction i.e., via Takum, Sufry River bridge and Tiru bridge shall not be allowed or pass through unless the PWD department clear its stand and undertake a new survey or alignment as desired by the people of the four villages.

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By EMN Updated: Oct 21, 2013 11:03:32 pm