Dimapur, December 17: Zeliangrong Colony (Big Colony) and Lakeview Colony (Small Colony) on Friday were named as the cleanest colonies in Dimapur for the year 2021 under the ‘overall’ category by the panel of judges under the aegis of Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) for A Better Dimapur Initiative and received a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000 each.
In the programme ‘Cleanest Colony Competition Award and Annual Get-together of Team Better Dimapur’ held here at Tourist Lodge, a total of 14 colonies under five different categories namely 1st Quarter (January-March), 2nd Quarter (April-June), 3rd Quarter (July-September), 4th Quarter (October-December), and Overall were judged winners under the sub-categories Big Colony and Small Colony among a total of 95 villages.
For the 1st Quarter, Duncan Colony (Big Colony) and Sifty Colony (Small Colony) were declared winners; Notun Bosti (Big Colony) and Aokong Colony (Small Colony) were the winners of 2nd Quarter; Lengrijan Colony (Big Colony) and Niu Colony (Small Colony) were the winners of 3rd Quarter; and Naga United Colony (Big Colony) and Bank Colony (Small Colony) emerged as winners of 4th Quarter. Each of the winners under the four categories received a cash prize of Rs 10,000.
Under the Overall category, Sematilla Colony (Big Colony) and Riverbelt Colony (Small Colony) were awarded the second positions while UNBA-B and (Big Colony) and Island Colony (Small Colony) came in the third positions. For the second and third positions, the winners received Rs 50,000 and Rs 20,000 each.
Calling the contest a ‘grand success’ DMC Administrator Albert Ezung on the occasion stated that the contest promotes cleanliness as well as create awareness among the people and over the years, positive changes have been observed in the colonies. He assured that the competition will continue.
Mentioning that cleanliness is a collaborative effort that can’t be left in the hands of the government alone, he stated that there are some people who leave everything in the hands of the government and departments, but there are many who take responsibility and understand that they have a role to play and cleanliness is a collective effort. He expressed happiness that a lot of people continue to come forward to do something for the society voluntarily.
He added that DMC belongs to everyone and therefore everyone is bounded by responsibilities.
Speaking on behalf of the panel of judges, EAC (Sadar) Nukshimathong explained that this year the judging of the cleanest colony was based on ten categories which were garbage management, drainage management, burning of waste, community toilet, community participation, sanitation, community activities, jungle/foliage clearance, tobacco free zone, construction and demolition waste not littered/obstructing traffic or general public, and clearance of residential sanitation tax. He further stated that the inspections of the colonies were done without informing the colonies so that they are not prepared for the inspection.
In his speech, he advocated the minimization of the use of single use plastic calling it the “greatest threat” and explained that if Dimapur is cleaned, it will have a “demonstration effect” causing other districts to follow the same. He said that cleanliness start from our homes and colonies and encouraged the people to segregate the garbage as biodegradable and non-biodegradable. He also asked the people to not throw garbage into the drains calling the habit neither rationale nor clean.
Earlier, in the absence of DC Dimapur Rajesh Soundararajan, Special Guest for the occasion Zubenthung Ngullie, SDC (Civil) said that the contest has become a success because of active participation of the people.
(Page News Service)