Kohima: On the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day celebration, Nagaland governor RN Ravi in his message to the people expressed his desire to make Nagaland a state which has a decent network of road and rail connectivity in two years.
Ravi made the statement while speaking about accelerating the infrastructural development in the state. He informed that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has taken up the initiative of building 952 km road at the cost of Rs 10,972 crore, for which the work is in progress.
On December 4 last year, Union minister MoRTH Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation for 14 National Highway (NH) projects in Nagaland and inaugurated one National Highway project.
The 15 NH projects cover a total length of 270 km for Rs 4,127 crore. Till December last year, 44 NH works covering a total length of 833 km for Rs 9,320 Crore, and 11 additional works covering 230 km at Rs 2,332 crore was sanctioned by the ministry.
Regarding the rail connectivity, the governor said that the Ministry of Railways is bringing rail connectivity near the State capital by investing Rs 7,114.55 crore in building the Dhansiripar-Zubza railway line. The work for Dhansiri to Zubza rail route began in March 2019 by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).
He urged the people, particularly the village authorities to help, and co-operate with the concerned authorities for speedy execution of the roads and railway projects. “We must take optimum advantage of building as many village roads under PMGSY [Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana],” he said.
“By 2022, when the country will be celebrating the 75th year of Independence, Nagaland must have a decent network of road and rail infrastructure,” he said. He then said that India’s renaissance includes Nagaland in equal measure.