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Riverine project at Chizami
Correspondent CHIZAMI (PHEK), APR 15(NPN):
Published on 15 Apr. 2011 11:56 PM IST
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Parliamentary secretary, fishery, relief and rehabilitation and printing and stationary S. Heno inaugurated the Tuphaleri riverine project, Chizami under Phek district in the presence of hosts of department officials, NPF leaders led by secretary general K.G Kenye and village elders.
With the construction of the project, the spot has now turned out to be a tourist spot especially for picnic revelers and suggested the village council could generate fund by charging a nominal amount for the same. Further, he mooted that village council could introduce boating and angling based on a nominal fee.
Heno formally handed over the project to chairman of Chizami village council for maintenance and upkeep of the project, and assured the villagers that even though the department had handed over the project to the village council, it would continue to extend help to the villagers if the latter come up with proposals.
NPF secretary general K G Kenye who spoke on the occasion congratulated the fishery department for the project and said that during the last ten years, the department had been contributing a lot for the development in the state mostly in rural areas.
He pointed that the nearby Tuphaleri Mini Hydro Electric Project was one of the first such schemes in the country to be implemented and run by the village council.
For any development, water and power supply is required and reminded the village has sufficient water and uninterrupted power supply from the nearby Mini Hydro Project, Kenye
Earlier, while giving a brief history of the project, Kevisa, joint director of fishery said the project was constructed at a cost of `1.7 crore with a targeted area of water body at 3.5 Ha and the total area of 5 Ha. He said the main aim of the project was to create awareness among the people as the state has rich potential in exploring aqua resources.
The state has many endemic ornamental species of fish which can fetch 5$ per piece in the international market he said but regretted the lack of awareness often resulted in killing these fishes using chemicals and bomb. In this regard, he asked the villagers to curb using such toxic elements.
Earlier, the village council chairman from Chizami and Sumi village spoke lauded the department and NPF general secretary K G Kenye for introducing the project in the village. The fishery department had undertaken altogether six riverine projects in the state under RIDF scheme since 2002-03.
The scheme includes Chathe riverine project in Dimapur district, Dzülakie riverine and Dzü riverine projects in Kohima district, La-ang Riverine project in Noklak under Tuensang, Tongtong riverine project in Mokokchung and Tuphaleri riverine project in Phek.
So far, four projects including Chathe, Dzülakie, Tongong and Tuphaleri were inaugurated while La-ang riverine project is soon to be inaugurated. However, Dzü riverine project has been worn out (damaged) and defunct. The project was undertaken by state fishery department under rural infrastructure development fund (RIDF) from NABARD.

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