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Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 24 (NPN):
Published on 24 May. 2011 11:59 PM IST
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We are living in the 21st century and no service is available for free, therefore we must be prepare to pay for the service we avail, Norman Putsure, secretary, department of urban development said Tuesday.
Secretary urban development Norman Putsure said this while addessing a function marking the formal inauguration of the newly constructed waiting shed at the T-Junction at Lower Chandmari here Tuesday. The waiting shed was constructed under Neighbourhood Development Fund of the department of Urban Development.
Further , Putsure said three important needs of Kohima such as –water supply,solid waste management and sewerage would soon be implemented under funding by the Asian Development Bank.
He reiterated that people should cooperate by being prepared to pay for such services which they would avail. Growing urbanization was a global phenomenon he said and pointed out that Nagaland was also witnessing high urban population growth by 61% as per the 2011 census.
He said that in order to provide development of infrastructure to meet the requirement of the fast growing urban population, the government today wanted to provide every facility but owing to resource constraint, only certain areas would be prioritized.
Putsure said the Neighbourhood Development Fund, the brainchild of Urban Development Minister Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu was to develop the neighbourhood and designed in such a way to provide not only infrastructure development but also bring more affinity among the people. In terms of fund provided, it was meager but in terms of impact it was unimaginable and beneficial to the people, he added.
He went on to say that as time change so also should people in keeping up with these changes and reminded that denizens of Kohima that many come from different tribes, villages or cultural background to live together in the same colony.
He urged people to live and grow together as children in the same locality.
He also lauded the Nodal Officer Aren for taking the project to a much higher level by visiting the different localities and interacting with the people and create awareness among the people.
He also expressed happiness that many senior retired officers who do not want to leave Chandmari colony and opined that it was perhaps due to the affinity developed among the residents. In the state capital, Lower Chandmari is one locality where children have a future to grow and reminded that the aspiration of the colony should be to achieve the best.
Earlier, Takatoba, Joint Director, Urban Development who spoke on behalf of the department said that the need of the hour today is deliverance of justice, transparency and judicious utilization of fund.
He lauded the Lower Chandmari for what he termed as the “nicely constructed waiting shed” and expressed hope that the colony will properly implement the remaining programme as well.
Toshi Mannen, Advisor Lower Chandmari Panchayat who also spoke on the occasion recalled that the colony was considered as one of the dirtiest in the past. However, with the declaration of the colony as no dumping zone (dustbin free) and the decision to convert the earlier dustbin area into flower garden, the locality is now one of the cleanest in the capital town today.
He also reminded that the locality had bagged the second position of the KMC cleanest ward award last year. In this regard, he further encouraged the locality to maintain cleanliness and aim to bag the cleanest award.

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