Post Mortem

Treatment of Dhansiri River, Dimapur - A vital requirement

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/17/2019 11:43:54 AM IST

 Hudson river, New York, Sienne river in Paris, Thames in London, Nile in Cairo, Brahmaputra in Guwahati, Potomac in Washington, Dhansiri in Dimapur and the list goes on in most parts of the world. Civilizations have grown around either the sea or rivers. Unfortunately Dhansiri happens to be amongst the most polluted rivers in India as per national survey. We are getting so much from nature and the river but are we doing anything to preserve it or conserve it? proper conservation and treatment can change Dimapur and the adjoining areas and improve our lives tremendously. I remember discussions with senior leaders of the state including the then and present CM Nagaland and also the JICA(Japanese) representatives for funding and also some renowned firms for consultancy and preparation of DPR, pursuing for external funding and implementation thereof. However it could not materialize before my retirement. I wonder if this is on the radar of the present Government, Unfortunately nothing seems to have taken off till now. Bureaucrats like me before and after will retire from service but the longing for improvement of our society and the conditions will remain. Let me highlight the vision I had in this regard for the people to reflect and also hopefully attract the attention of people in authority.

Dimapur the commercial capital of the state has hardly anything to offer to the visitors. Too much of sand mining is taking place in a completely disorganised manner- in fact the sand mafia is having a field day and there is connivance of the brother’s in arms as tax is being collected on every truckload. On top of that there are other organisations involved in collection of various fees. All these are at the expense of the common people. To top it pollution on the river is rampant. On the one hand there is dumping of solid garbage and on the other all sewers/ drainages lead to the river. The result is a dangerously polluted river. Something has to be done before it is too late.

Possibilities: The river can be revived and can be the lifeline of the city. These are some of the suggestions that can be offered:

1. The river needs to be revived with embankments on both sides. Water needs to be treated and pumped back in order to maintain the volume.

2. All sewerage or drain pipes need to piped and taken to the treatment plants. Dumping of any garbage must be prohibited.

3. It could be used for navigation both upstream and downstream for tourists/transportation of merchandise.

4. Waterfront parks/cafes could be developed. This could generate substantial employment.

5. Lifting of sand or gravel will automatically stop if sufficient volume of water is maintained throughout the year.

Government could study the technical aspects and the Technical personnel could visit successful projects in India and abroad and take it up even though it may have been delayed. This would change the face of the commercial capital and even the outlook of the people. As wisely said “ better late than never”. Surely financial resources could be availed if pursued properly.

What is most importantly required is the strong political will and cooperation of the people. As the honourable Governor has also spelt out in his speech on 16th August 2019 during the civic reception, “ he was pained to see Nagas still struggling for basic necessities like good road, power , health and education when we see the rest of the country were moving with fast pace of growth and development” In fact while travelling through some of our neighbouring states like, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Manipur, Assam and also some other parts of the country it is encouraging but painful to see where we stand at this juncture.

Let us pray to God for deliverance of Nagas from despair to hope and from darkness to light. What we require is to change our mindset, come together and forge ahead.

H. K. Khulu IAS (Rtd), Purana Bazaar, Dimapur

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