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Dzükou valley declared ‘plastic-free zone’

Dzükou valley declared ‘plastic-free zone’
Er. Zale Neikha with SAYO, SAPO, AYO officials and others after unveiling the monolith at Viswema village. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/5/2019 12:38:58 PM IST

Coinciding with the World Environment Day and as a pledge to protect the environment, Dzükou Valley was officially declared as “plastic-free zone” on Wednesday.

This declaration was officially announced by adviser youth resources and sports Er.Zale Neikha in the presence of Angami Public Organisation (SAPO), Angami Youth Organisation (AYO) and SAYO leaders and the general public at a programme held under the aegis of Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO) at Viswema Village Council Hall Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Neikha described Dzükou Valley as one of the biggest assets of Nagas, besides being a prominent tourist spot in the Northeast and one of the most sought-after destinations in the State. He called for collective efforts for preservation and protection of the valley.

Neikha also requested the frontal organizations in the region to take up the initiative of beautifying the valley and also the responsible department to take up developmental activities in the valley to create avenue.

Department of Tourism additional director (HoD), Akhale Vizol, appreciated SAYO for making a pledge to keep the plastic-free zone. She also stressed on the need to protect environment at the local level. She also suggested that the responsible organisations to man entry points to curb plastic use in the valley. HoD maintained that Dzükou valley has the potential to be recognised by the UNESCO if taken good care of.

SAYO president Zakeleto Tsukru said SAYO took the initiative in order to combat plastic pollution in the valley. He reminded that the valley attracted many visitors but at the same time, faced a lot of challenges due to littering by the visitors. He said a mass social work was undertaken before declaring the valley as plastic-free zone. He said around 150 volunteers took part in the cleanup drive.

In his short speech, SAPO president Vimeyol Theyo urged upon SAYO to follow the guidelines strictly as they have taken the pledge to make the valley plastic-free zone. He appealed to the gathering to protect the valley. AYO representative also spoke in the programme.

Earlier, a monolith was unveiled by the adviser at the Dzükuo point, Viswema to mark the occasion. 

 

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