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Car parking cum market complex at Mokokchung
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, AUG 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Aug. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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The celebration of Independence Day at Mokokchung turned out to be a blessed occasion one as the much awaited ‘Car Parking Cum Market Complex’ was officially inaugurated by Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu, minister for urban development and higher and technical education on Sunday. The Car Parking Cum Market Complex project was taken up under “10% lump sum provision for development of NE states” under the Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India with a cost of Rs. 21.94 crores.
The project covers a plinth area of 7023.00 sqm and has 118 stalls with provision for parking of 35 cars at the basement. The complex was constructed by the firm M/s. Aien Meren Enterprises, the construction work started on 2nd Nov 2006 and was completed on 22nd June 2010. The complex comprises of three floors and a basement. According to the layout plan of the complex, the basement consisting of 1273 sqm will have a car parking facility for 35 cars approx. and space for local vegetable vendors. The ground floor with an area of 1921 sqm will have the mall with vegetable market and 18 stalls. The first floor with an area of 1565 sqm will consist of vegetable market with 49 stalls. The second floor with 1619 sqm of space will house 51 stalls and the third floor of 645 sqm will house the office of the Mokokchung Municipal Council complete with a conference hall, lounge, offices, pantry, services rooms etc.
Delivering his inaugural address, the minister said the project was one of the prestigious projects of the department and added that the “newly created asset” would meet the needs of people. The minister expressed that the magnitude of problems and challenges of the urban areas were ever-increasing coupled with the dramatic demographic shift to the urban areas during the last few decades.
The minister asserted that urbanization pace in Nagaland was rather alarming considering the urban infrastructure deficits. The Minister further added that urbanization was a relentless process, which has come to stay and has to be factored into all developmental and thinking processes and added that with urbanization comes the needs to invest in infrastructure and improve the quality of life. “We need to have an integrated framework, in which spatial development of cities goes hand in hand with improvement in the quality of living of ordinary people living there”, he quipped.
Dr. Shurhozelie also said apart from 19 recognized towns in Nagaland, there were many other small and medium towns growing and inheriting urban characteristics requiring immediate planning intervention. He further said starting with the current financial year; the department proposes to give assistance to 82 such towns under Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme Program. He also said the department has prepared development plans for all the district headquarters in Nagaland.
Commenting on the issue of land availability, he said the department faced constraints on these issues, because of which many works were either abandoned or delayed due to problems related to land ownership problems. He also urged the support and active cooperation from all the stakeholders and said unless land was made available at the appropriate location at reasonable cost, “it will be impossible to develop our towns in a desirable manner”.
The minister said the new market would be managed as per the management guidelines that states that 20% of the monthly rent will be kept aside for management and upkeep of the complex, while 80% would go as revenue to the MMC.
The minister added that with the accelerated pace of urbanization based on the forces of globalization, the urban transition should be efficient, equitable and cost effective by not only wiping out the deficits in urban infrastructure but also by providing for the incremental population.
He therefore urged the urban local bodies to take up programs on a sustainable basis. “A combined and concerted effort is of paramount importance”, he added. He further said the state govt. and local bodies along with active participation of the citizens was needed to work in symbiotic relationship to provide the enabling support system, including provision of infrastructure and services to facilitate resource mobilization of the private sectors.
“We should look forward to developing our infrastructure at par with other cities in the country. Our society will never be great until our towns and cities are great. Our towns and cities are the physical manifestations of our will and aspirations”, he said
Earlier in the program, short speeches were delivered by DC Mokokchung, Lithrongla G Chishi, Lendinokdang president Ao Senden and N. Bendang Jamir, coordinator, advisory board MMC. At the program, department of Urban Development gave a commendation certificate to the contractor I. Meren for the commendable work.

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