DIMAPUR, Aug 29 - Leader of Opposition in Nagaland TR Zeliang has asked the State Government to ensure timely completion of the four-laning works on the National Highway-29 from Dimapur to Kohima without any hindrance.
In a release on Wednesday, Zeliang pointed out that recent harassment of workers and theft of firm machinery engaged in the project by antisocial elements had brought the construction works to a halt, which indicates lawlessness and mayhem in the State.
The former Chief Minister questioned the State Government as to what problem it was facing in ensuring the safety of workers and machinery as landowners and civil society groups are supporting the all-important project. He demanded an immediate probe and appropriate action against those involved in the disturbance.
Zeliang alleged that construction of the four-lane from the Chathe bridge (the Patkai College junction) to Piphema came to a halt due to the failure of the State Government to create a conducive atmosphere and rein in antisocial elements. He rued that stolen vehicles have not been recovered despite filing of FIRs.
If the Government cannot protect workers engaged in such major projects, how can citizens expect good roads in other parts of the State, Zeliang asked. It is the duty of the Government to check the quality of works and ensure timely completion of the project on the one hand and provide security to the workers on the other.
The four-laning of the Dimapur-Kohima Road is among the most important national projects in Nagaland that will immensely benefit the citizens, including commuters from neighbouring States passing through Kohima and commercial hub Dimapur, Zeliang added.