Supply colony Dimapur has issued clarification pertaining to the establishment of children’s park in supply colony. The colony chairman I Panger Jamir in a statement said the present site of the children’s park was earmarked and set aside for developing into a park in the year 1972 measuring 135’x135’ (presently135’x135’).
The chairman also clarified that the earmarked and measured area was never kept for dumping garbage but purposefully utilized by various people. According to the chairman, the earmarked area was used by a resident Temsu the then stenographer in the department of excise who approached the colony authority in 1972-73 for toiling the land for cultivation of sticky rice and vegetable with permission so as to keep the area clean and lively before taking up the process of establishing the children’s park. During the same period, the chairman said Er. Tikachiba erected iron posts and provided mesh wire fencing surrounding the measured areas of the land. Subsequently in the year 1976, Jamir said assessing the gradual improvement of the site, the state government issued and installed equipments, apparatus required by the park, where quite a few are still being utilized in few of the colony’s parks till date.
After a decade (1986), the chairman said the arose a case where patta was issued to private individuals “fraudulently” and the patta stood canceled due to objection by the residents and the colony authority. The same year, the chairman said with the initiative of late K. Babloo Chankgija, the colony had organised a social work and tree plantation drive within the park premises.
In spite of all these, Jamir said the united women’s welfare organization (UWWO) had been indulging in “undesirable” acts by obtaining patta for the same plot of land, but later cancelled by the colony authority. He further disclosed that the UWWO had again obtained the patta by indulging in “fraudulent” means by entering the land measurement as 50’x50’, though the existing park measured and area of 125’x135’. Having raised objection, he said the state government answered to their demand and the said patta issued by the then deputy commissioner Dimapur cancelled.
Stating the claims made by UWWO on establishing a pre-nursery school as “total lie”, the chairman said that on enquiry, it was found that the school was being looked after by Anganwadi worker and queried as to whether the colony authority were officially given prior notice before the pre-school was established.
He further questioned the UWWO’s decision to sell severed trees that were planted in 1986 by the residents of the colony along with the authorities with the sale proceeds amounting to Rs. 10, 000 “or more” without the consent of the colony authority. While disclosing that it was not in favor of perplexing the UWWO as to who is the custodian of the park, the chairman further elucidated that it was “logical” that the colony council as well as the residents were the “genuine” custodians of the park. Refuting the news item relating to the incident the park on June 19, the chairman said it was not an act of “vandalism” nor “unlawfulness” but a sign of resentment over “unauthorized intrusion” by the UWWO. The chairman furthermore informed that nobody would be allowed to initiate activities whether “social” or “welfare” oriented without the prior permission of the colony council and warned defaulters would be doing so at his/her own risk, for which the council would not be held responsible.