With a total of 62 rooms, the five storied Forest Office Complex building at Forest Colony, Dimapur was inaugurated by Minister for Forest, Ecology, Environment & Wildlife and Excise M C Konyak on Friday. The complex houses five offices namely Chief Wildlife Warden, Chief Conservator of Forest, Divisional Forest Officer Dimapur Division, F.U.O and Wildlife warden.
It may be mentioned that the project was started off in 2006 with an initial estimate of Rs 4.70 corers however it was completed in March 2009 with a cost Rs 11.74 corers, an increase of Rs 7.04 crores from the initial estimate. The towering building also lacks fire fighting equipments which was even highlighted by the minister himself.
Addressing the gathering, the minister expressed gratitude to CM Rio, forest department and contractor M/s Singh & Company for completing the project in time. Informing that multiple flats for staff quarters were also under construction, Konyak urged the contractor M/s Singh & Company to maintain quality work. “The main focus of having such Office complex and flat system of staff quarters was to integrate all section of people closer and to create healthy society irrespective of caste or religion.” he asserted. He also further informed that the department was proposing to convert Forest colony into one of the most eye catching colony of Dimapur.
Stating that the population of Dimapur was increasing day by day with limited space, Konyak expressed regret that ‘the unplanned town of Dimapur’ cannot accommodate the influx of people going on at the present rate and at the same time cautioned that if the problem was not addressed properly at the initial stage, it would compound many problems in future. “Keeping in view of paramount situation, the Department has initiated to construct office Complex as well as staff quarter complex which I am sure would be an eye opening for all other Departments located in Dimapur to inculcate the idea and replicate in their respective Departments” he stated.
Expressing concern over encroachment upon forest land, the Minister stated that such unscrupulous people have no concern for the future generation. “It would be unfair on our part if we failed to protect and preserve for the posterity” he stated. He further appealed to all right thinking citizen to stop encroachment of reserve forests, national park and wildlife sanctuaries including Nagaland Zoological Park Rangapahar.
Earlier, the inaugural programme was chaired by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Environment, Ecology and Wildlife, A Rongsenwati Ao IFS while the dedicatory prayer was said by Auxiliary Secretary, BSI, Rev. K Rochill. CF (SJC) Kohima & Chairman, building committee, K Hocto Sema IFS read out the technical report. President, Naga Council, Savi Leigese, also gave a short speech while the vote of thanks was delivered by Chief Conservator of Forest (HQ) I Panger Jamir.