The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Naga Hills
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Frontier Affairs
caption: roads and bridges; buildings, including hospital, at Kohima
medium: reports
person: Bayley/ Sir Steuart
date: 1884
date: 1885
text: The cart-road from Golaghat to Nichuguard has been greatly improved and the bridges on this road ought to be completed in the next cold season. The continuation of this cart-road up to Kohima, in the place of the present bridle-path, would be an immense boon to this district, and would tend more than anything else to the cheapening of labour. A trace has been prospected and party cut, and the feasibility of the road demonstrated, but the requisite funds are not at present available, and further steps cannot be taken until the present financial pressure is removed. On the existing road between Nichuguard and Kohima, the Dephapani iron suspension bridge was almost finished before the close of the year, and the wooden masonry bridge over the Zubza, nine miles from Kohima, was altogether completed. The new bridle-path between Kohima and Khonoma was completed from Jetsama onwards, and both on this road and on the Manipur road the Nagas apparently have abandoned their old paths, with their steep ascents and descents, and taken to the more level lines laid out by the Engineer. The Kohima-Wokha road was also improved in its middle section between Chechama and Kalsama, a distance of about 20 miles. In Kohima itself, the work of housing the civil and military establishment made great progress. The scheme of buildings drawn up by Sir Steuart Bayley in 1880 has been almost entirely carried out, and with the construction of the military hospital, the station of Kohima will be completed.