Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio urged the Central Government to expedite various projects that have been pending for some time in the state of Nagaland. The pending projects are Greenfield Airport at Ciethu, Foothill Road and the Dimapur-Tizit Railway line along the foothills.
Participating at the 5th governing council meeting of the NITI Aayog in New Delhi, 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. He also pointed out that the project might be costlier than other airports in the country but that was primarily due to the terrain and amount of earth cutting needed. He also informed that the villagers of the area were prepared to give additional land for which the state government had consented to bear the cost.
Talking about the 400 km Foothill Road, Rio said that it would improve connectivity and boost economic activity across the state. He also highlighted the need to expand railways in the state as expeditious sanction of the project.