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KMC’s herculean sanitation work
Correspondent Kohima, Sept 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Sep. 2010 12:03 AM IST
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The main objective of municipality is to take care of sanitation but the condition of the municipality in the state particularly Kohima is pathetic with no sanitation tax or fee, almost all services is provided free of cost.
Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Kohima, Alung Hangsing also the administrator of the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) stated this while launching the Neighbourhood Development Scheme (NDS) in Daklane locality at the Daklane Panchayat Hall here Friday.
Hangsing made a startling revelation that the KMC with just ten tipper trucks were collecting and disposing off dustbins in more than eighty localities, some of which have more than ten dustbins. Instead of criticizing, the public should also appreciate the KMC for their effort; he said and revealed that night shift collections of dustbins particularly in the main town areas have started to thwart traffic congestion in the morning.
Sanitation begins with oneself and under sanitation comes everything including health of the society, he said and pointed out that when we go out we follow the rules but when we come back home we don’t practice the same.
He also pointed out that KMC started ‘no dustbin zone’ with free distribution of basket dustbins recently and suggested that Daklane locality and others too adopt the same.
On the problem of footpath vendors, he said KMC has been keeping a check everyday by sending its staffs to seize goods and impose fines even upto extent of putting the defaulters behind bars. He however regretted that the defaulters often return back and continue the same.
Stressing the need to create awareness on footpath-vendors menace, he said the vendors instead occupy the footpaths meant for children walking to schools. This he said was a concern for everybody and everybody should try and create awareness he questioned. Who would be responsible if any untoward accident took place resulting loss of life, he questioned.
Observing the strong bond of unity and fraternity within the colony, he said the strong feeling among the citizens of the colony was the most important factor for development.
On the NDS, he said the idea of the government was to let planning start from the grass root level for which the project was launched as part of the communitization policy in urban areas as the rural areas were already covered by the VDBs. Earlier, planning process of the government for development was from top to bottom but now it is the vice versa, he added.
Asst. director, urban development & nodal officer for NDS, Arenla while exhorting on NDS said the department was concerned on the lack of land for development. The department, primarily for planning is unable to make master plans for development due to lack of land. People talk of clean and developed cities but they have sufficient land or either people voluntarily provide land or their government has the authority to take over any land, she added.
The idea for the NDS scheme, a pilot project of the department on trial basis is to reach out to people, improve their lives by developing infrastructure in urban areas. 80 small and medium towns have been identified in the last five years and this year the department was covering the last ward, she said.
Under NDS, Rs. 23 lakh was earmarked for the three wards of Daklane locality in the current financial year.
Earlier, chairman, Daklane Panchayat Ghunakha Swu in his welcome addressed reminded the visiting officials that the locality was one of the oldest localities in Kohima and that it was trying its best to improve the locality. He also expressed hope that with the visit by the KMC administrator, sanitation will improve in the locality.

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