Ukhrul: The Hunphun Ukhrul Village Authority (HUVA) wrote to deputy commissioner Ukhrul on Tuesday in connection with National Highway 102A Ukhrul bypass road and has unanimously reaffirmed its earlier stand to stick with the original alignment surveyed and approved by the NHIDCL for the Ukhrul-Talui-Tadubi road under NH 102A.
HUVA stated that it had communicated to the deputy commissioner Ukhrul office on November 17, 2021 regarding its decision to stick with the original plan which allows the highway expansion to pass through the heart of Ukhrul town that has already been surveyed by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) in the presence of Hunphun Village Authority, and as per the original Detailed Project Report (DPR) our decision remained firm, it maintained.
It has come to our knowledge that a decision was taken recently to construct the two lane NH-102A while illegally bypassing the existing road that passes right through the existing Ukhrul town, it stated.
It continued that in 2019, Ukhrul sub-division celebrated its centenary in governance and has taken more than 100 years for the citizens as well as the administration to build Ukhrul Headquarters to its present status today and for which the biggest contributor for all progressions attained as of today is the present highway which passes through most localities of Ukhrul town, and as such, is the lifeline.
It is also in your knowledge that the current population of Ukhrul Headquarters consists of at least 75-80 thousand citizens which is at least 50 percent of the domicile population in Ukhrul district, HUVA added.
“What honour would it bring you if during your tenure as deputy commissioner and district collector, reduce the highway which is the pride of all citizens living in the district headquarters to an Inter-Village Road?” it questioned. “Such a step would be the most regressive action we have witnessed till date in Ukhrul,” it maintained.
The people of Ukhrul district of which you are the head of the administration deserve more than this and we are sure that you feel the same way, a letter issued on Tuesday by H.A. Sarimaya Hunphunwo, headman Hunphun/ Ukhrul village authority and its secretary, W. Muirangwo stated.
It is unheard of that national highways are shifted in any parts of the country in the guise of bypass. Just the name “bypass” indicates that it is not the original highway but a bypass from town/city limits so as to ensure the citizens living within the town/city are saved from any inconveniences, it pointed out.
It then requested the deputy commissioner of Ukhrul to direct the NHIDCL officials to start the process for the construction works of the two-laning of NH 102A by expanding the existing road that passes through the present Ukhrul town.
“There may be no deviation from the originally surveyed and approved position stated as before,” it reaffirmed.