To highlight the deplorable road conditions in the state, hundreds of concerned citizens on Saturday came together under the banner of Concerned Citizens of Nagaland (CCN) forum and launched the “campaign for good roads” on the theme “Good Roads, Citizens’ Right”. The forum also submitted a representation to the Governor of Nagaland, P.B. Acharya through DC Dimapur. In the representation signed by members of Core Group CCN, the forum stated that the response from the citizens for the campaign was overwhelming, which, it said signified “an urgent desire for change in the condition of roads.”
While highlighting the deplorable state of roads even within Dimapur city limits in particular and around the state in general, the forum said citizens of Nagaland felt left behind in terms of development when compared to neighbouring states.
The forum, therefore, appealed to the government to provide quality workmanship for long-lasting and progressive development. CCN further appealed to the government to rescue the citizens through progressive governance in the interest of public welfare.
CCN also sought the personal intervention of governor into the matter to direct the officials responsible to implement road repair works.
It expressed hope that the cries of the citizens would not fall on deaf ears and government would heed the genuine desire of the masses and provide good and lasting roads to the citizens of the State at the earliest on priority.
The same representation was also submitted to the chief minister of Nagaland, minister of road and bridges, minister (NH) and chief secretary.
Meanwhile, CCN has reiterated that the campaign was not against any individual, party or government but to draw attention of the government towards the plight and untold hardships of the people.
During the campaign, the volunteers displayed placards some of which read “no road no development”, “good road is the lifeline of progress”, “good roads, citizens’ right”, “develop the roads not your pockets”, “potholes is draining our economy and “Nagaland: land of potholes” etcetera.
After the programme, volunteers proceeded to the Holy Cross junction, Nagarjan Junction and Purana Bazaar and pasted stickers on vehicles of willing citizens who shared common concern for the public cause. Slogan-stickers have also been distributed to concerned citizen volunteers from other districts to reach out to the citizens across the state, it said.