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Finally, a scheme for neglected Naga Bazaar
Correspondent KOHIMA, Nov 4(NPN):
Published on 5 Nov. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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The denizens of Naga Bazaar locality, one of the neglected localities in the state capital Kohima finally had a smile on their face with the launching of neighbourhood development scheme (NDS) on Tuesday.
Under the scheme, an amount of `25 lakh was sanctioned to the locality who decided to construct a footpath connecting the colony common graveyard.
The foundation stone for the construction work was formally laid by former KMC Councilor, Keduolhoulie Houzha in the presence of Arenla, assistant director, urban development department and locality leaders.
The scheme is the brainchild of urban development, minister, Dr. Shurhozielie Liezietsu which was launched in the year 2005-06 as a pilot project with an aim to ensure better living environment in urban areas and more effective coverage of basic infrastructure such as drainage, footpaths/steps, community wells and toilets.
The scheme also aims to promote suitable organisation at the community level to act as the mechanism for local development within the guiding principles.
The principle includes; helping people to decide, plan and take action to improve their physical environment and social amenities, ensure that voices of consumers and users are heard and to enable people to take collective action while the urban development department co-ordinate, supervise, facilitate, monitoring and carry out verification of the work.
Altogether six localities including Naga Bazaar, Daklane, New Market, Lower Chandmari, Para Medical and Lerie were covered this year with a sanctioned amount of `25 lakh each.
For implementation of the scheme, constitution of Neighbourhood Development Committee with the mandate of community is mandatory, assistant director, Arenla said.
The department would not compromise on quality of workmanship and transparency and carry out on spot verification and measurement after completion of the project and it depend on proper selection and effective implementation by the respective locality, she added.

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