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Opposition moots seasonal capitals
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 29 (NPN):
Published on 30 Mar. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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Opposition Congress Monday said the state government should consider Summer and Winter capital if landowners were not willing to let the government tap water from the sources in Kohima. Congress Legislature Party Leader, Tokheho Yepthomi, who has been all along slamming the state government over the shortage of water supply to Kohima town asserted that Kohima cannot survive without adequate water supply and therefore government should consider Summer and Winter capital for the state.
Yepthomi, who was also minister for public health engineering department said there were enough sources to tap water but the villages were opposed to tapping. “We can’t have capital without water. We have to take decision,” the congress leader said.
Yepthomi also castigated the state government for failing to convince the villagers though there were prominent persons like chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, urban development minister, Dr. Shurhozelie Lizeitsu and NLA speaker Kiyanielie Peseyie.
In reply to a query raised by CLP leader, minister for PHED, Dr. Ngangshi Ao said that the estimated cost of Kohima water supply scheme was Rs. 44.37 crores and that the department had received Rs. 19.41 crores.
He said that the original sanctioned scheme by gravity water supply system from Dzukou/Teupuki stream has been kept in abeyance due to water source land ownership problem. New water source from Zaru stream has been initiated and land acquisition agreement drawn on February 16 last.
The minister said detailed project report was under preparation for government of India’s consideration and sanction thereof. He said that the proposed project would be double pumping system and covers 24 Kms in distance.
“Therefore, date of completion cannot be anticipated till scheme is sanctioned,” the minister informed the House. Responding to supplementary questions, Dr. Ngangshi said that the state capital was receiving water supply from three sources including Dzüna, Phesama and Aradura which provide around 15 lakh litres per day presently and around 27 lakhs litres during rainy season.
Stating that the prevailing water distribution system in Kohima had already outlived its life, the minister revealed the department was trying to streamline the water distribution through introduction of metering system. He also announced that Tuensang was going to be the first town with proper water distribution system which would be inaugurated soon.
In his written reply to another starred question, the PHE minister stated that a total of 1130 village water supply have been communitised till date since the communitization of Rural Water Supply started in 2005-06. The communitized villages include only those villages which were fully covered with water supply.
After communitization, it is the responsibility of the beneficiary village to ensure sustainability of the water supply, with technical support from the PHE as and when such support is sought by the concerned WATSAN committee, he added.

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