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Proceedings in the assembly session on Saturday
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Jul. 2009 1:09 AM IST
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Nagaland minister for urban development Dr. Shürhozelie today informed that state government would construct two multi level parking lots in the state capital. Replying to a supplementary raised by NPCC chief KV Pusa on heavy traffic congestion in Kohima town, the minister said parking lot would come in present NST complex and medical directorate, PR Hill and stated the DPRs have been submitted to the union government. He also disclosed that state government was awaiting sanction and assured to complete it as soon as possible. Further, the minister informed that state government has taken various initiatives such as road formation cutting, ring roads and construction of new by-passes at different locations to ease the traffic problems in the state capital. He, however, said construction of fly-over in the state capital was not feasible as the soil of Kohima was too young. The minister also disclosed that government was planning to collect road tax on personalized vehicles at the rate of 5 % at the cost of each vehicle. Earlier, in his written reply urban development minister said the department of urban development has prepared a City Development Plans (CDP) wherein detailed studies of the traffic situation in Kohima town has been carried out and plan for mitigating the traffic congestion has been incorporated. The minister said that CDP for Kohima town was approved in 2006 by the Union Ministry of Urban Development, which also has traffic and transportation plan, including widening/upgrading of existing arterial roads and the ring roads/bypasses around Kohima town. Meanwhile, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio said he would convene a meeting on Tuesday to discuss scarcity of water in Kohima while replying to a question raised on the matter by opposition Congress member K.V.Pusa during discussion hour in the assembly Saturday. Welcoming the concern of the member in this regard, the chief minister said his government was determined to provide adequate water to the people of the state capital and all possible avenues were being explored but at the same time regretted the problem posed by non-cooperation by some landowners. Pusa urged government to take the matter with seriousness, while another opposition member Tokheho Yepthomi opined that if augmentation of said water augmentation could not be implemented when Rio and Shürhozelie are in power, there is no hope for sufficient water supply to Kohima in the future. PHED minister Nangshi Ao said augmentation of water supply to Kohima had been sanctioned by the centre at an estimated cost of Rs. 32.35 crores under funding pattern of 90:10 (centre: state respectively) during 2004-05. The project is designed to bring 10 million liters per day of water from Dzukou/Tepuiki stream by gravity through 250 mm diameter galvanized mild steel pipes for about 50 km distance to feed two lakhs population. Implementation of scheme ran into problem over the water source land dispute for which discussion was on to settle the problem both at government level with the villages and between two villages involved. The minister said the Centre had already released first and second installments amounting to Rs. 9.41 crores with which the department procured 33251 meter 250 GMS pipe for use in the project. To another pertinent question raised by Pusa, urban development Minister, Shürhozelie said the department has prepared a city development plan wherein detailed study of the traffic situation in Kohima town have been carried out and plans for mitigating the traffic congestion also incorporated. Asked whether the department has worked out blue print in this regard, the minister said the city development plan approved in 2006 by ministry of urban development, government of India has a traffic and transportation plan, which includes widening and upgrading of existing arterial roads and ring roads and bypasses around Kohima town. He however informed the assembly that flyovers are not feasible in Kohima due to young soil condition. He also said more parking lots would be selected. ‘Nagaland Govt Servants (Transfer & Posting) Bill State Assembly Friday passed ‘Nagaland Government Servants (Transfer & Posting) Bill, 2009, which states that there are government servants who possess a combination of qualities such as professional competency, integrity, and devotion to duty, which constitute the bulwark of the efficient administrative machinery of the state government. Invariably, the accomplishments and success of policies and schemes of the government for development and otherwise, is wholly dependent on the promptness and probity with which they are implemented by these officials, an official bulletin reported. “It is observed, unfortunately, that a certain degree of indolence and inefficiency has permeated into the various levels of the government and therefore it has become essential that urgent measures are adopted to streamline and tone up the administration,” the bill states. With this objective in view, the bill states that a feasible and practicable concept requires to be formulated with which efficient and dutiful government servants are suitably utilized. It states that the state government considers it expedient to introduce a bill to transfer any government servants and to post him against any ex-cadre post in any government department, public sector, undertaking corporation or company, owned by the state government subject to the conditions provided in the bill. A financial memorandum of the bill states that its provisions are to regulate transfers and posting of in-serving government servants to ex-cadre posts under the state government. For this, implementing the provisions will not cause financial expenditure from the consolidated fund of the state.

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