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Land related problem a hindrance for Kma water supply: Dr. Ngangshi
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Mar. 2011 12:55 AM IST
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As land ownership remained the main obstacle to any developmental activities in the state, the opposition today asked the state government to take steps forward and frame necessary rules to regulate Article 371(A).
Article 371 (A) is a statutory provision and in order to regulate the same, the Nagaland Legislative Assembly needs to frame rules. Congress member K L Chishi raised the matter during question hour on shortage of water supply in Kohima.He also said successive government had neglected this aspect and failed to frame rules to regulate land and its resources.
Intervening in the discussion, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio agreed that Article 371(A) was a very important provision but asserted that the state cannot be compartmentalized within the provision.
Article 371 (A) should not be an obstacle to development as of now except for extraction of oil and natural resources. In this regard, he said the state government had initiated and had discussion with the civil societies earlier. Besides, the state legislative assembly had passed a resolution last year to regulate land and its resources, he pointed out.
In his answer, state PHE minister Dr. Ngangshi K Ao said that the existing water supply to Kohima from Dzüdza source was commissioned in November 1978 when the population of the town was 21, 545. The population has now increased fourfold to 1, 02, 500, he added, and that land related problem between two villages for Dzukou water source was the main problem in implementing augmentation scheme resulting in shortage of water supply in the state capital, Kohima.
He also pointed out that the Central Public Health & Environment Engineering Organization (CPHEEO) has prescribed daily per capita water requirement at 135 liters inclusive of sewerage and other purposes. At this rate for the present population of Kohima, the daily water requirement would be 13,837,500 litres (13.84 Mld). However, the water availability from the existing system of PHED was just 1.5 mld only during lean period, he said. He also revealed that the revenue collected during the last three years for Kohima town was Rs.21.24 lakh in 2008-09, Rs 15.74 Lakh in 2009-10 and Rs 23 lakh up to January this year.
Answering another supplementary raised by Congress member C. Apok Jamir, Dr. Ngangshi said that land ownership is a big problem and suggested that department like PHE, Road and Bridges and Power be kept outside the purview of Article 371(A). To another supplementary on the big gap between the water requirement and supply by the department, Dr. Ngangshi pointed out the difficulties by the department, which has tried to bring water balancing reservoir from Dzuna source for which 20 acres of land was required. He said the department was having difficulty in getting the required land. Again, the department had tried to bring water from Dzukou source but the land owners had withdrawn the MoU at the last minute. He said that if the required land was available and the land problems resolved, there will be sufficient water for supply to the state capital and there was need to explore other sources for the near future.
State asked to formulate ‘Fire Act’

KOHIMA, MAR 28 (NPN): With repeated fire incidences taking place in Kohima and other districts, Congress MLA and former chief minister K.L. Chishi said the state should formulate ‘Fire Act’. Participating in the general discussion on budget 2011-2012 on Monday, former chief minister K.L. Chishi said the Constitution of India have provision for the state to have ‘Fire Act’.
On the fire incident at Kohima on Sunday, the injured fireman was first rushed to Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) and then later Oking Hospital Kohima, to which Chishi felt NHAK should be well equipped to treat patients.
UMTAK launch bus services in Kma

KOHIMA, MAR 28 (NPN): Twenty five city buses which were purchased under JNNURM during 2009-10 were handed over to Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority Kohima (UMTAK) and the latter has recently launched the bus service in two routes. UNTAK is in the process of finalizing the logistics such as routes, fares, appointment of drivers for operating the buses; Urban Development Minister, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu stated this in a written reply to a starred question raised by opposition member C. Apok Jamir today. The routes in which UMTAK had introduced the city bus services include Jail point to Science College and High School Junction to Thizama, he stated. He also informed that as per the guidelines of the ministry, the department has already handed over the buses to UMTAK for operating the buses and that it is now upto UMTAK to operate the buses.
Road safety first: Tokheho

KOHIMA, Mar 28 (NPN): Construction of proposed four-lane of NH-29 will be taken up in three staged and tenders for the stage from Km 119 to 173 estimated to cost Rs 1000.50 crores are expected to be floated shortly.
Making the statement during question hour today, Minister for road and bridges, G.Kaito Aye however said that there was no provision for four laning on the portion between Purana Bazar and Km 119 near Chumukedima.
He was answering to a starred question raised by opposition leader Tokheho Yepthomi. Raising supplementary question, Tokheho said whether four laning or not, the state government has to go for road safety first and pointed out that in 2006 alone, six persons were run over by speeding vehicles in Purana Bazaar area of Dimapur.
Following the incident, the residents of the locality tried to put up six speed breakers but the union ministry asked the BRO to remove the same as such speed breaker cannot be set up on the National Highway.

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