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Mimi set to become tourist hotspot
Correspondent MIMI (KIPHIRE), MAY 17 (NPN):
Published on 18 May. 2011 12:06 AM IST
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Following the discovery and confirmation of human habitation through the discovery of human remains dating back to 4500 B.C., Mimi – a small hamlet located on the Indo-Myanmar border – is all set to become a hotspot for the Anthropologists and tourists across the globe.
Soon after the news of the research finding report hit the stand earlier, queries has reportedly started pouring in from academicians, research scholars and tourists from different part of the country and abroad.
Mimi is about 74kms away from Pungro ADC Headquarter, Kiphire district.
The lackadaisical attitude of the responsible departments to take opportunity and initiate measure to develop infrastructures for further research and preservation measures remained a drawback.
However, thanks to the active initiatives of the Anthropological Society of Nagaland (ASN), the local MLA and also parliamentary secretary CAWD Torechu had agreed to contribute funds for development of a museum and other facilities while on the other hand the Mimi villagers had agreed to part out a plot of land in the periphery of the village for the same.
The ASN also assured to extend all intellectual support in setting up the proposed museum while the villagers also agreed to maintain the same infrastructure once it was developed and handed over to the villagers.
The breakthrough came recently when Torechu during his tour to his home constituency mooted the idea to the villagers.
Torechu mooted the same during an interaction with the Mimi village council soon after he addressed the village leaders of Molongmika Range at Mimi village.
He exhorted the village leaders on the importance of preserving the historical places including the surrounding limestone caves in and around the area and the need for further research and also promote tourism by establishing infrastructures such as museum and rest houses for the tourists.
Although, the villagers openly admitted their ignorance on the importance of the limestone caves in and around the village, it promptly responded positively to the proposal.
Later, the village council was thoroughly briefed by member of the ASN on the historical importance of Mimi limestone caves and the need to preserve them not only for further research but also for promotion of tourism.
Moreover, they were enlightened on the findings of the ongoing Archeological researched undertaken by the Department of Art & Culture and Anthropological Society of Nagaland which had revealed traces of human habitation inside the limestone caves dating back to about 5th millennium B.C.
On tourism aspect, the village council was also enlightened that tourists are enticed by the historical importance for which there needed to have basic infrastructure and facilities in the village for the tourist and at the same time promotes tourism in the state.
Further, the village council were also enlightened on the need to check antiquity trafficking and bio-piracy by setting up local committee.
There, however, remains a great concern for the Archeologists and Anthropologists over the proposal for mining
of limestone in Mimi area which could cause irreparable damage to these historically important limestone caves which is also a potential tourism attraction.
It may also be mentioned that Mimi is also famous for the traditionally practiced rock cliff honey bee harvesting and the village has been already declared a honey village.
Unplanned mining activities could also have a major setback to this traditional practice of harvesting rock cliff honey bee.
Therefore, any initiative for mining activities first requires thorough inter-departmental consultations on the pros and cons of such a move between the different concern departments such as Geology & Mining, Tourism, Art & Culture and Land Resources.

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