Editorial

Habitat plan

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/17/2019 12:40:52 PM IST

 With growing urbanisation due to influx of people from within and beyond, Dimapur city has been overwhelmed by a multitude of civic problems that have aggregated due to poor sanitation and hygiene ; lack of much needed drainage and sewerage systems and efficient disposal of garbage piling up just in the city; besides deplorable roads and daily traffic snarls. With monsoon just around the corner, citizens of Dimapur will be facing the same problems which they have been facing for decades when water from clogged drains inundate colonies. Indeed, the biggest problem come from garbage and clogged drains. These are visible and for which much had also been written but somehow, what is unfortunate is that except for showing a semblance of responding to the demand, nothing has changed. The factors responsible are many such as –drains constructed without gradient for a one-directional flow. The other is rampant encroachment where drains have been filled up and over which buildings have come up. These have obliterated even the barely existing drains that used to be seen. Though roadside drains and sidewalks had been constructed in the recent past, the less said the better since these have only added problems instead of solving one. The drains have very little incline and the width and depth are more like house drains instead of being roadside drains. The cement slabs meant to cover the drains are of very inferior quality and in most cases have broken up and causing hazards to pedestrians. Indeed, absence of drains is shocking and takes away all the positives that has been said about Dimapur, the gateway and commercial capital of Nagaland. Conversely, this also gives Dimapur a rather dubious distinction as a wonder city without drains. Drains are not meant to be merely seen to exist in the core areas of the city. In fact, drainage system is supposed to be like arteries cutting across the length and breadth of the city. They are essential for clearing and cleaning for maintaining hygiene by getting rid of dirty water. Unfortunately both artificial and natural drains have disappeared mainly because of accumulation of garbage. This newspaper has been highlighting this issue since fifteen years ago but it seems, there is nobody who is either in-charge or helpless to do anything. Besides the need for an efficient drainage system, there is also urgent need to ensure efficient disposal of effluents from several thousand soak pits. In fact, Nagaland Pollution Control Board(NPCB) had made a strong plea about the dangerously high toxic content of the groundwater in Dimapur . The NPCB has also been issuing timely warning about dust and air pollution. Meeting the requirements also mean having to ensure balanced development. Other metro cities have had to gradually shift the focus of development to the peripheral areas within and near the vicinity of existing towns or cities with comprehensive blueprints. This is not only good for the people and the cities but also good for business, which is a chief factor that sustains the life of the towns and cities. The district and civic authorities along with NPCB and other voluntary organisations, need to come up with a viable plan to bring remedies for these problems so as to bring out an implementable plan or action.

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