Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Ao Senden for realignment of Mariani-Mokokchung road

Ao Senden has demanded that the Mariani-Mokokchung road (NH-702D) should be realigned as per Option-IV (Watiyim-Longjemdang-Mangkolemba-Khar-Longjongkong) survey report recommended by PWD (NH) to the State government.
In a letter to the chief minister, Ao Senden president Chubawati Longchar and general secretary Imtipokyim claimed that Option-IV would reduce the existing 85 km by at least 10 km, which was quite a lot, and met the standards and specifications of national highways, besides meeting the criteria of shortest route and most economical.
They demanded that existing feeder roads to adjoining townships and villages should also be adequately maintained, adding that the existing highway was having long detours and could not be widened to 2-lane at several locations due to steep gradient.
They also asked the State government to obtain no-objection certificate (NOC). Claiming that the Mariani-Mokokchung road was the second busiest highway in Nagaland after the Kohima-Dimapur road (NH-29), the Ao Senden leaders maintained it was the lifeline of Mokokchung, Tuensang, Zunheboto, Noklak and parts of Wokha and Shamator districts.
They said they had learnt from reliable source that the PWD (NH) had prepared five options for realignment of the highway at 66.00 km Chungtiayimsen to Longjongkong (New Camp) on chainage 30.00 km, which presently measured 36 km in length.
The duo noted that national highways connecting major cities from point to point and feeder roads to other locations like villages from such highways were different in nature. Modern national highways and feeder roads therefore needed to be taken under separate approaches in concept and implementation, it suggested.
Mentioning that major highways world over were aligned and constructed through the shortest possible distance between two points, at times even avoiding major towns and human habitation to reduce congestion and traffic jams, for economic efficiency and ease of trade & commerce, the Ao body leaders recalled that each road in Mokokchung district and Nagaland in the past decades was generally in the category of “feeder roads” to which every habitation or village wished to be connected.
However, they noted that with new 2-lane national highways now, a paradigm shift towards modern approach of speed and efficiency was required. Hence, they called for aligning each national highway should through the shortest possible distance. They also insisted that villages and other habitations should be connected through a good network of feeder roads, to and from the national highways.
Stating that the proposed realignment of the highway was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people of that part of Nagaland, which should not be squandered, the Ao Senden leaders declared reposing their trust on the chief minister’s astute leadership and sought his intervention on the matter to ensure that a wise decision was taken because this highway would remain the lifeline of the people of that region.

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