Dzükou fire ops: State govt fetes various agencies

Dzükou fire ops: State govt fetes various agencies
Home Commissioner Abhijit Sinha giving away Certificate of Appreciation to the Indian Air Force during the felicitation programme. (DIPR)
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/15/2021 11:49:37 AM IST

State government has felicitated various agencies for their service rendered during the Dzükou valley fire operation at the felicitation programme held in DPDB’s conference hall Kohima on January 15. 

Home commissioner, Abhijit Sinha along with advisors advisor for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire and advisor to CM Nagaland, Technical Education and Election, Medo Yhokha presented the certificate of appreciation to various agencies for providing crucial logistic support in the fire-fighting efforts, DIPR report stated.

The awardees included Indian Air Force, DEF Kohima, Home Guards & Civil Defence, SDRF, NDRF, 4th NAP, Assam Rifles, Police Wireless, 1st Assam Rifles, 164 TA, Medical Department, DPRO, DDMA, Fire & Emergency Services, SAPO, SAYO, Forest Department and PWD R&B (South Division), DIRP report stated.

Abhijit congratulated and thanked the organisations and agencies for services rendered towards the fire-fighting. He appreciated the way the disaster was handled successfully by various agencies and further encouraged them to continue with the same and to utilise the gained experiences in future. 

Advisor Dr. Nicky expressed his appreciation to organisations and departments that took part in containment of Dzükou fire and encouraged them to continue with the good work in days to come.

Advisor, Medo Yhokha also thanked agencies for their efforts towards the containment of the fire and assured that the community with its endeavour and commitment would continue to preserve the area.

Earlier, ADC Kohima, Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa gave a detailed report on the Dzükou forest fire while DC Kohima, Mohammed Ali Shihab A chaired the felicitation programme.

It may be noted that the programme was organised by the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) and District Disaster Management Authority Kohima (DDMA).

Meanwhile, according to a defence release, the government of Nagaland felicitated army personnel who were deployed in Dzükou fire operation.

The release stated that Army column comprising of two officers, two junior commissioned officers and 48 other ranks took over the task and doused the fire.

It stated that officers and soldiers of Spear Corps received the token of appreciation on behalf of the entire team from home commissioner and CEO NSDMA, Abhijeet Sinha.

Dzükou valley to reopen for visitors from Feb

Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO) has informed that the entry to Dzükou valley will be opened from February 1.

In a press note, SAYO president Zakieleto Tsükrü and general secretary Adukho Kintso said that the organization will be carrying out thorough survey of the areas that were devastated by the fire.

The valley will be opened to local visitors and tourists after all necessary assessment are completed, they said.

SAYO said that 50 persons at a time will be allowed to visit the valley and that all visitors have to entry ticket from SAYO (for pre-booking).

It warned that no one will be allowed entry from other routes except through the two permitted entry points via Jakhama or Viswema village.

Besides urging visitors to observe strict COVID SOPs and to carry their own beddings, SAYO also asked visitors to produce ID cards at the entry points before proceeding to the valley. It further said that camping in the valley or inside caves will not be allowed except at the allotted Dzükou rest house for trekkers.

For further more information interested persons may contact 9612578075 or 7005840860.

Meanwhile, SAYO expressed gratitude to all the government agencies particularly Kohima Forest Division personnel and Pezaneinuo Chielie, Kohima range forest officer, who from the beginning had assisted and tackled the inferno in Dzükou are alongside SAYO volunteers.

KFD demobilised their personnel on Friday evening after camping at Dzükou with SAYO volunteers to keep close vigil around the vicinity of Dzükou, it added.

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