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World Habitat Day in Kohima and Dimapur

Minister for urban development & higher education, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu, speaking on the occasion of World Habitat Day at Kohima Monday. (NP)
Correspondent/Staff Reporter Kohima/DIMAPUR, OCT 4 (NPN)
Published on 5 Oct. 2010 12:51 AM IST
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: World Habitat Day was observed on Monday in Kohima and Dimapur under the common theme ‘Better City, Better Life.’
Speaking as the chief guest in Kohima, minister for urban development & higher education, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu said urban centers were aptly called the engines of economic growth of the nation especially like India where 28% of the population was urban and contributing to 60% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). He said that the government of India has underscored the importance of towns and cities in the economic growth of the nation and was now giving priority to the urban sector in recent years. Shürhozelie said that the urban areas consumed as much as three quarters of the total world energy and also generated as much as three quarters of pollution and waste. He said that the focus of development should be to make the towns and cities more energy efficient.
Admitting that the towns and cities were in urgent need of renewal, the urban development minister said renewal process provided opportunities for towns to fundamentally readapt to meet contemporary and future needs. He said there was an emerging global consensus that the world could no longer afford to exploit the environment at the price of development and added that the objective of any urban development activity should aim at bringing about efficient and sustainable cities. Stating that the process of urbanization was expected to continue unabated, Shürhozelie said that the real challenge before the urban sector was to make the urban transition efficient, equitable and cost effective. He said people should look forward to developing infrastructures at par with other cities in the country. The chief guest also flagged off 25 buses for Kohima, purchased under JnNURM.
Earlier, the meeting was chaired by Norman Putsüre, secretary, urban development, invocation pronounced by Vimegokho Amgami Evan MHBC and short speeches delivered by Ken Keditsu, director urban development and Er. Y. Chuba Ao, advisory member KMC. The programme was organized by the urban development department.
In Dimapur, the programme was organized by the Green Succession of Nagaland State (Green-Sons) at IMC Hall under the theme ‘One world, One Home; Peaceful co-existence.’
Nagaland Pollution Control Board (NPCB) chairman A Rongsenwati, who was the chief guest, urged the gathering to face the challenges of urban poverty and make the cities a better place to live in. Taking excerpts from the message of UN, he asserted that creating better cities demanded the combined efforts of national and local governments, civil society and the private sector. He also said that urban planning needed to be given fresh focus with more sensitivity towards humanity and the environment. Expressing hope that the observation of World Habitat Day would be a significant factor towards achieving the desired goal, he called upon the people to be united in their efforts to eradicate poverty and social injustice.
DFO silviculture division Kohima, Caroline delivered the theme interpretation and the significance of World Habitat Day. Earlier, president of Green-Sons Jess, T. Murry in his speech expressed disappointment over the lackadaisical attitude shown by educational institutions. The programme was sponsored by the wildlife wing, department of forest and State Bank of India (SBI) and attended only by four educational institutions in Dimapur out of 25 schools and colleges invited. Since 1978, the World Habitat Day is being observed on the first Monday of October.

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