Minister for Urban Development and Higher Education, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu on Friday said that obligatory change of attitude and common sense was essential for making Kohima a model city of Nagaland. He said schools, colleges, social organizations and churches could play a positive role to create awareness in the minds of citizens and motivate them to play their part effectively.
Addressing a seminar on sanitation organized by the Kohima Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship at Zonal Council Hall, the minister asserted that it was the bounden duty of every resident of Kohima to extend their hand in making Kohima a model city with special focus on sanitation.
“To make Kohima a model city one needs to know the background, the present situation and the priorities that need to be addressed to attain the goal”.
Pointing out some of the strengths and weaknesses of Kohima as per the findings of the LEA Associates under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) launched by the Central Government in 2005, Dr. Shürhozelie said the department of Urban Development had accordingly put their vision statement to be implemented. The statement included a capital city that was clean and stable with easy access to safe drinking water, health care and education; a greener city in the next five years time with modern facilities and amenities; improved security to develop tourism; a congestion free city; and a garbage/pollution free city with committed efforts from residents of the city, urban local bodies and government.
The minister further informed that the department would sanction with Storm Water Drainage and Lanslip Protection, and Multi-level Vehicle Parking at two locations, construction of alternative diversion of roads to ease the traffic.
Additional chief secretary and development commissioner, Alemtemshi Jamir, who also spoke during the seminar, stated that growth of Kohima had been haphazard and without direction from a wooded forest to a city in about a mere century. In this regard, he said cleanliness, especially sanitation, could not be achieved without a planning process. Alemtemshi advocated that one flower pot each in every household would contribute towards beautifying Kohima city. He quoted “if the war cemetery can be maintained, why not the rest of Kohima?” Jamir also pointed out facts and figures of road, power and electricity, waster, waste, drainage. And water supply in the state capital.
Issues on sanitation and related subjects were addressed by representatives from the Kohima Municipal Council, Urban Development, Power Department, PWD, PHED and Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce. Rev. Malsawma Vanchhawng also spoke during the seminar.
The seminar on sanitation, organized by KBPF, was an initiation to extend cooperationwith government and the Kohima Municipal Council to beautify Kohima.