State

Meeting to discuss proposed waterways held

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/14/2018 11:51:47 PM IST
Chairman of Nagaland Inland Waterways Board (NIWB) & Rajya Sabha MP, K.G. Kenye convened a meeting at Hotel Japfü, Kohima on July 13.
A press release from his PS said that the meeting was attended by secretary (Transport), Kinilo Apon, who is also the member secretary (NIWB) and R. Eyenthung Ngulli, nodal officer (NIWB). Representatives from the allied departments of Power, Work & Housing and Planning were also present. In the meeting the connectivity of Nagaland via an Inland Waterway was thoroughly discussed.
The proposals for NH 31(Dhansiri) and NH 32(Dikhu) was also put up during the meeting. Further, the departments also deliberated on obstructions faced by NEEPCO for setting up a 36 MW capacity dam and NHCP too at Tizu-Zungki, which was discontinued. In this regard, the committee has sought the cooperation of all concerned stakeholders in the larger interest of the people. 
The Tizu-Zungki waterways, which was recently declared as National Highway – 101, by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), became the focal point of the discussion in which the Transport department was made the nodal department to foresee all Inland Waterways project in Nagaland while the other departments will act as the stake holders to remove intra departmental conflicts and confusion.
Also, zero point at Merangkong-Tamlu junction was amicably proposed to be the best site for the port of NH-32 (Dikhu).
Kenye thanked all the concerned departments for their positive participation and assured them that the matter would be taken up with the Central Government to the best of his capacity. He concluded the program by requesting the Transport Department and also all the allied departments to cooperate and work together as a single unit to accomplish these kinds of major projects which, he said, will help the people immensely and also uplift the bleak economy of the state.

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