Dimapur, February 20: The monthly Dimapur District Planning and Development Board meeting for the month of February held Thursday in the DC’s conference hall reaffirmed its intent to remove industrial units established without guidelines.
Reviewing the last meeting minutes with regard to presence of brick kilns and stone quarries in and around residential areas and schools, DC Dimapur, Anoop Kinchi IAS, who is also the vice chairman DPDB Dimapur, informed that a committee has been formed with DIC, Geology & Mining, Pollution Board, Labour Department and District administration as members.
The concern departments will oversee whether the factories/ industries are being established as per the required norms and guidelines without posing threats to human lives and polluting the environment.
In the meeting, the DC Dimapur also suggested setting up a committee to study why banks refuses to grant loans under PMEGP.
Presenting the departmental activities, EE PWD (R&B), Er Tali Temsu Jamir explained the status of 25 ongoing road works at Dimapur and also the ongoing road projects under CSS. He observed that connectivity has been achieved up to a large extent yet felt that the burden of maintenance keeps on increasing.
It is an issue that needs to be addressed and solved at the earliest for which political support for the change process to take place is needed, he said.
Tali suggested for levying cess on diesel and petrol to provide as maintenance fund. Citing an example, he said 75 paisa per litre of cess on diesel forms the dedicated PMGSY programme.
He further observed that expected benefits in terms of social and economic development would materialize only with well maintained good transport infrastructures.
Er Tali reminded that all roads require regular and timely maintenance no matter whatever technical designs are chosen. One should not wait for the road to be damaged but rather start maintenance well in advance, he said.
In the context of Nagaland, Tali observed that paucity of fund and non existence of Road Maintenance Policy had led to the present bad conditions of roads in all the districts.
PWD Housing Dimapur and Fire & Emergency Services also presented their departmental activities. (Page News Service)