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Tue, 23 Jul 2019

Northeast Today

Nagaland CM urges centre to expedite dev projects

Nagaland CM urges centre to expedite dev projects
June 17
13:20 2019

NET Bureau

Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio urged upon the Government of India to expedite various projects that have been pending for some time in the state of Nagaland, such as the Greenfield Airport at Ciethu, Foothill Road and the Dimapur-Tizit Railway line along the foothills.

Addressing the 5th governing council meeting of the NITI Aayog, chaired by PM Narendra Modi on Saturday, Rio informed that the Ciethu Airport was proposed in 2003 but even after feasibility surveys and studies by various central agencies and preparation of DPR, the project was still pending. Rio pointed out that the project may be costlier than other airports in the country but that was primarily due to the terrain and amount of earth cutting needed. He said villagers of the area were prepared to give additional land, for which the State Government had consented to bear the cost.
On the 400 km Foothill Road, Rio stated that it would improve connectivity and boost economic activity across the State. He also urged the Centre for declaration of the alignment as National Highway and expeditious sanction of the project. The Nagaland CM meanwhile also highlighted the need to expand railways in the State and informed that the Dimapur-Zubza Railway line was underway while the Dimapur-Tizit railway line along the foothills needs to be expedited.
With regard to the demand for an economic development package for Eastern Nagaland Districts bordering Myanmar, the CM said that a meeting was held between the MHA and the State Government last month after which a Multi-Disciplinary Committee was constituted by the MHA on June 12 with directives to submit its report on or before August 31. He hoped that the development gaps in those districts would soon be addressed.
Meanwhile thanking the GoI for converting all Centrally Sponsored Schemes for the NE to 90:10 funding pattern and for making the NE Road Sector Development Schemes 100 % centrally funded, Rio hoped that the Centre would convert all existing CSS to 100 % central funding for the NE region and the Himalayan States.

 Source: The Morung Express
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