Dimapur, February 16: The Longleng District Planning & Development Board meeting cum picnic was held at Dikhu River (between Tamlu and Wanching village) on February 12 under the chairmanship of S. Pangnyu Phom, chairman DPDB & Minister for Health & Family Welfare.
Addressing the DPDB members and villagers, Pangnyu said the main purpose of the meeting cum picnic held under Tamlu sub-division was to know the grievances and problems faced by the people of Tamlu and bring it to the notice of the District Planning Board and redress the issues.
Briefing on the Dikhu Hydro Project, he said all survey of the project has to be completed on or before February 28 and submit to the Government for further necessary action. He informed that if the survey report is found to be feasible, then only the Government will take the initiative and approach the stakeholders and the landowners for discussion to negotiate for land compensation for final approval of the project.
The chairman clarified that ongoing land survey does not meant that the project was finalized, and negotiation for land compensation will not be done during the survey period. He appealed to the villagers to understand the norms and allow the survey team to complete their assignment to avoid time constrain for speedy completion of the hydro project. He also urged the Buranamsang village to take a strong resolution to ban illegal coal mining which is hazardous to health and environment.
B.S. Nganlang, MLA said that the villagers have taken time and expenditure for the last 30 years for the hydro project. He informed that in the past every village have agreed for the project and it would be wrong on our part to divert our own decision. Nganlang appealed to the department concerned, administration, NGOs and the stakeholders to understand their issues and resolved it judiciously without any communication gap between the Government and the landowners.
After a brief deliberation and discussion, the house forwarded the following agendas to the respective department for approval – Extension, black topping & retaining wall from Tri-junction to SP office, DUDA Guest House & Administrative Quarter, Longleng; approach & circular road from Agri to Shamkang ward under Longleng; construction of road from Namsang to Setap; major irrigation project at Yonglok; change of nomenclature of Shetap village, etc.
Deputy Commissioner & vice chairman DPDB, Longleng, John Tsulise Sangtam proposed the welcome address and vote of thanks. (Page News Service)