Nagaland governor RN Ravi (left) with Union minister Nitin Gadkari

Kohima: Nagaland and Meghalaya governor RN Ravi on Tuesday met Union minister of road and surface transport Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi to review the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) projects.

An official statement from the governor’s PRO said that required measures for expediting the NHIDCL projects in the state were discussed.

Ravi acknowledged Gadkari for the positive response of setting up an exclusive regional office of NHIDCL in Kohima to closely monitor various projects under the corporation in Nagaland.

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It added that earlier this was done from the regional office for the Northeast in Guwahati.

Ravi also raised concerns relating to the slope protection on Dimapur-Kohima four-lane highway. “In absence of adequate slope protection measures along the highway, the loose soil will lead to landslides, especially during the monsoon season, causing disruption to traffic and even damage to the highway,” it added.

Gadkari further directed the NHIDCL to provide appropriate technical solutions and ensure that adequate slope protection measures are taken along the said highway.

Improved air, surface and digital connectivity of Nagaland are priority concerns of the governor, the statement added.

As reported earlier, Ravi conducted a review of the Dimapur-Kohima four-laning project on Saturday, where he revealed that the significant reason behind the slow progress and compromised quality of NH-29 was due to “rampant extortions by anti-social elements purportedly belonging to underground armed organisations”.

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