Tsieramia Land Settlement Board (TLSB) in its meeting held on May 1 expressed its discontentment with the government of Nagaland over the manner in which developmental activities in New Kohima Complex Region are taking place.
The board while reviewing lack of any comprehensive public master plan and environmental impact assessment stated that the quirky enthusiasm for development was knee-jerk with random construction of new buildings that were alienating the local people from their own land and incompatible with the natural surrounds of Kohima environment.
The board observed that unplanned construction of government buildings in the New Kohima Complex Region have become a viable money-minting business for some contractors, self-promoting consultancy firms and concerned authorities.
The board asserted that these developmental activities have failed to serve the larger interest of the public, two decades down the years, adding the developmental actions would become “dead shrines of foolishness”.
Tsieramia people (who are traditional land-owners of the New Kohima Complex Region) in a release issued by Akhrie Yhome, convener of TLSB expressed dismay that having donated their ancestral land to the government with the hope that a new Kohima City would be built in the larger interest of all Nagas, the shoddy and hasty construction works or the network of roads and alleys do not conform to the appropriateness of a visionary and futuristic city.
The board further invited the government of Nagaland to take corrective actions at the earliest possible by calling for public issuance of master-plan and announcement of pre-qualified environmental impact assessment report for undertaking such developmental activities.
The release stated that Tsieramia people would not remain mute spectators to the annihilation of the beauty that they have so hopefully donated for the future of the Nagas.