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Statewide mass social work for a cleaner Nagaland

Our Correspondent
Kohima | September 29

Spearheading the statewide mass social work which kick-started from Saturday, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio appealed the citizens of Nagaland to cooperate and actively involve to the call till October 2. Rio said he looked forward to the support of the citizens towards cleaner Nagaland.

After formal launching of this mass social work, Rio supervised and joined the social work here from PHQ junction till old MLA Hostel Junction, Phoolbari.

This mass social work has been called by the state government to restore the damaged infrastructure caused by monsoon related disasters and also for improving drainage, culverts and roads from September 29 to October 2 in all districts and ADC Headquarters to coincide with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi which is being observed as part of the Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS) campaign.

Rio expressed gratitude to all those who have contributed to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to restore/rebuild damages caused by this year’s monsoon. Also thanking actor and entrepreneur Sushant Singh Rajput for contributing Rs 1.25 Cr to the CM Relief Fund, Rio said that the latter assured him to come back Nagaland for this year Hornbill Festival.

Make Kohima beautiful once again
Referring to recent survey which was released by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), wherein out of 100 cities surveyed, Kohima was rated as 2nd most unlivable city, Rio said it was bad road, no water supply, no infrastructure, bad institution & atmosphere particularly in the economic sector which earned Kohima the unsavory rating.

Towards this the chief minister questioned, “Are we a proud citizen of Kohima?” and appealed to all to wake up and exercise responsibility to restore the respect and pride of the state. He espoused hope that everybody will cooperate and make Kohima beautiful once again.

Committed to build good road
Rio also announced that starting with Kohima and Dimapur, the state government was going to build good roads in a year time.

For this, he appealed the leaders of colonies, wards and landowners to cooperate with the government and the contractors. “You have to make way for drain, you have to make way for culverts,” he said adding that water flow has to be regulated.

He was optimistic that the people will see the change of these two cities (Kohima and Dimapur) provided they extend total support.

Further, he said that the PWD (R&B) will also give special attention to roads in all the district headquarters followed by the sub-divisions. Rio further said the government will float open tender to build the roads with good specification and insist on quality control.

On streetlights, commercial buildings
Rio said the government will see to it that the streetlights are working in Kohima. “Commercial buildings has be painted,” he said and at the same time insisted that shop signboards has to be displayed properly with proper lighting. He also stated that fine would be imposed against those who do not keep their building clean.

Clean your area everyday
Rural development advisor Dr. Neikiesalie (Nicky) Kire said that Kohima, the capital of Nagaland is like a mini India where everyone live peacefully albeit race, tribe and religion.

“We are all part and parcel of Kohima. I want you to feel that Kohima is also yours,” Dr. Kire said and urged everyone to keep Kohima clean.
He called upon the people to clean their respective area every day and throw the waste where it should be thrown.

“If we clean our surrounding clean everyday and dispose garbage where it should be thrown, it will not be necessary to conduct mass social works except along the National Highways,” he said.

Kohima deputy commissioner, Rajesh Soundaranjan said the social work was carried out in all the colonies and villages in Kohima district. Various departments, NGOs were also involved in cleaning the town.

During the three-day social work, the focus will be mainly targeted to clean and clear the debris that was left behind by the monsoon rage in the form of flash floods and landslides across the state.


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