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Safe drinking water plant for Thizama
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 23 (NPN):
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Published on 24 Mar. 2011 12:17 AM IST
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The 4th NAP battalion headquarters which has been in existence since the last 41 years has been functioning without water supply from state PHE department.
This revelation startled Deo Nukhu, MLA and advisor science and technology, art and culture and new and renewable energy who was attending an inaugural function of the newly installed “Safe Drinking Water Plant” (Iron removal plant) inside the 4th NAP HQ on Wednesday.
“ I am surprised to know that there is no water supply from state PHE department to this place so far, am surprised why PHE did not give water supply, we should find a means”, Deo said
He also noted that water available inside the camp area has high iron content and assured to take up the matter with his colleague as well.
Interestingly, it was also learnt that water supply to Thizama village has been running through 4th NAP HQ, yet the latter had to depend on water from other sources.
Deo however expressed happiness that ‘safe drinking water plant’ has been introduced in the state through Nagaland Science and Technology Council with Thizama selected for the project.
He revealed that the state had earlier put up a proposal showing the requirement of 33 such projects in the state.
However, he said the project was reduced to 13 even as the ministry agreed to grant only 15 to the state due to cost escalation in other parts of the country.
He also said that the single plant with the capacity of providing 5000 liters purified water per day was not enough to supply drinking water and water for cooking to the inhabitants of the entire camp, whose population is more than 3000, and suggested to locate a suitable site for installation of one more such plant. Deo Nukhu stressed that solar lighting project was taken up with Nagaland University Lumami Campus and some places in Kohima selected for the project.
He lamented that some selected sites were not satisfactory, in view of the fact that he was not consulted during final selection process. He furthermore justified by citing some examples such as that of Kohima Science College Laboratory and NU Geology department, stating it required light due to frequent power failure but was not selected and assured to explore possibilities of including 4th NAP HQ, Thizama in the solar lighting project.
Secretary science and technology Y. Kikon who also spoke on the occasion said the water which was available was unsafe for consumption and reminded the gathering that durability of newly inaugurated plant would depend purely on maintenance.
Earlier, Dr. Xavei Hiese, Sr. Scientist, department of Science and technology said iron removal plant was invented by scientist at the Central Glass and Ceramic Institute.
For trial outside, two pilot projects has been selected for NE which were selected and implemented at Dimapur in 2006 and run by private on PPP mode.
He also revealed that when an official of the 4th NAP approached the department seeking solution to remove iron content from the water source, the Glass and Ceramic institute was contacted and water sample collected from bore well and ponds inside 4th NAP camp Thizama was later sent to the laboratory for test. He revealed that the result showed that water contained not only high Iron (Fe) but was contaminated with Lead (Pb) and Cadmium (Cd), which is a poisonous metal.
He divulged that when the state had approached the ministry of science and technology for technological solution for removal of such poisonous metals from contaminated water, the ministry had floated global tender seeking for the same. However, no foreign scientist or scientific institutions are willing to come forward so far, he added.

 
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