𝟏𝟕 𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐍𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐃𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐚𝐝 𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐝𝐬
Seventeen villages in Pughoboto, Sataka and Atoizu divisions of Nagaland’s Zuheboto district held peaceful rallies on Saturday to protest against the deterioration of roads in these areas.
A “big rally” consisting of 17 villages under Segment (3) of the Showuba-Pangsha (East-West Corridor) held a protest at the EAC headquarters in Saptiqa town, Zunheboto district on Saturday.
The meeting noted that poor road conditions are a symptom of unfulfilled promises and local weakness, which are crucial to the pursuit of justice. The meeting conveyed a message to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Highways and Planning Reforms TR Zeliang through Deputy Commissioner Zunheboto.
Vitoho Zhimo, convener of the Seventeenth Village Public Forum, explained that if the two roads under the East-West Corridor Highway from Showa to Pangsha want to connect to the India-Myanmar border, they must pass through the road from Mukarimi to Zunheboto. 17 villages.
He said the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), the implementing authority concluded that the alignment should be taken where there is majority population to facilitate and benefit the people. However, he alleged that the NHIDCL changed the route and is focusing only on one village, that is Chishilimi bypassing Khukiye-Lukhai and Satakha town which is also overlapping with the existing NH 702 (A).
The convenor maintained that Chishilimi village has a modest population of over 1000 whereas, the 17 villages consist of over 20,000 population. He said that NHIDCL is turning a blind eye to the majority and disregarding the hardships faced by the inhabitants by giving priority to a single village while, overlooking the struggles of the other impoverished villages.
He said the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), the implementing authority concluded that the alignment should be taken where there is majority population to facilitate and benefit the people. However, he said the NHIDCL has changed the route and targeted only one village, Chishilimi village through Khukiye-Lukhai and Satakha town connected to the existing NH 702 (A).
The village chief said that there are more than 1,000 people in Chishilimi Village, and there are more than 20,000 people in 17 villages. He said that the National Poverty Alleviation and Development Center focuses on many people and ignores the problems faced by the masses. It only focuses on one village and takes care of the struggles of other poor villages.
The committee said that when the Congress complained, NHIDCL changed the planned route by giving false information in its investigation that the route included Ghosu Bird Sanctuary. A four-member team was set up to investigate the NHIDCL’s claims and concluded in its report that the road passing through 17 villages did not encroach on forest reserves, government reserves, protected forests, wildlife sanctuaries or wilderness. They said the NHIDCL report appeared to be inaccurate. 444 444