Khonoma declares ‘Green Practice’


KOHIMA, June 6: The Khonoma Students’ Union (KSU) organized a program at Terhuotsiese where Khonoma was declared as a Green Practice Village. The green practice in the village is a product of the Green Village initiation in continuation and redressal of the same goals. This is a product where on April 22, this year KSU held a talk with 15 village organizations to discuss ways on beautification and to maintain ‘green’ environment in the village. It was decided to ban all materials made from plastics and which contributes to waste such as plastic carry bags, packaged drinking water bottles, and styrofoam cups and plates.
Speaking on the occasion, Kovi Meyase, CEO, Kohima Smart City Development Ltd & Administrator, KMC recalled how the village was recognized by the government in 2005 for its conservation efforts, notably the Khonoma Nature Conservation & Tragopan Sanctuary (KNCTS) and was termed as the first Green Village in Asia. Meyase maintained that Khonoma has had a rich history and that the trend to continue to be at harmony with nature, is praiseworthy and called upon the village to strive hard in its endeavor so that it can set an example for the neighboring villages as well.
Meyase expressed his hope that the ‘green practice’ is there to complement the already existing protection of flora and fauna. He maintained that it is his hope that the initiative is one where the youngsters are now ready to carry on the task laid by their forefathers in establishing the village for protection of its resources. He hoped that the initiative will result in the village using CFL bulbs, managing one’s own wastes efficiently and preserving and conserving the soil.
He called upon all the various organizations to contribute towards the initiative to make it a reality.
Kelhoukholie Khate, President KSU recalled how the Green Village project started in 2005 and since then, till now, the students are responsible for cleaning the village once in every month. He maintained that though the students are able to clean within the village, ‘cleaning campaigns’ outside the periphery of the village becomes constrained due to lack of financial aids. However, with the ‘green practice’, he stated that it will cover all aspects of the village region.
Khate stated that though the task for ‘Green Practice’ will be undertaken by the student body, he maintained that it is an ‘immense’ task but is confident that the various other organizations will always be there in their common goal. The president claimed that, the practice is not just limited to banning plastic, but is rather wholesome in the sense that it will continue to protect and preserve wildlife and fauna. He warned that ‘defaulters’ who are caught will be penalized with community service. He called upon all to come together and work together as it is an ‘immense’ task.
The president stated that the Green Practice rules and regulations will be overseen by the KSU, Water and Sanitation (WATSAN), Ecotourism Management Committee (ETMC), Khonoma Youth Organisation (KYO), Village Development Board (VDB), Bio Diversity Management Committee (BMC).
Village Council Chairman Khonoma, Nisamezo Pier thanked the students’ union for their contribution in keeping the village clean. He maintained that it is not just the duty of the students to keep the village clean but rather, it is up to each family to manage its own waste. He also stated that the village had banned tobacco years back, but lately, he maintained that there is a rise in the consumption of tobacco and called upon the gathering to refrain from open, consumption and sharing of tobacco.
Neisavi Hieme, Khonoma Rüffüno Nagaland maintained that the practice is a welcome initiative in a world where plastics is becoming one of the most pollutants in the environment. He maintained that it is a ‘big thing’ for the village to come up with this initiative. He stated that the practice should not just be limited to the ‘visual’ but that the village should strive towards adorning the inner, spiritual beauty as well, setting example for the upcoming generations as well.
Khonoma Gazetted Officers’ Krotho, Nichükholie Vüprü maintained that in this day and age, KSU concern and initiative is very ‘timely’. He stated that the initiative has come about after various discussions and deliberations and called upon the village to unite and come together to make the practice, a reality. He advised that there may be many unseen difficulties but that when everyone comes together, the practice can become a reality. He also called upon the KSU to contact the Krotho in case of any help. Earlier in the program, the declaration of green practice in the village was administered by KoviMeyase while the program was chaired by Neikedolie Hiekha, Chairman ETMC. The program was also attended by Green Team Kohima and ThangiMannen, Rtd. IAS officer and environmentalist.
(Page News Service)