KOHIMA, DECEMBER 4: “While taking up developmental projects we should always make sure that it is in consonance with the concept of sustainable development and waste management,” stated state Minister of Rural Development, Metsubo Jamir at the inauguration of Sokhriezie Park, Sokhriezie Market and Waste Disposal Vehicle at PR Hll, Kohima on Friday.
While lauding the efforts of Tsiituonuomia Khel for taking the initiative to not only beautify one of the vital market places in Kohima but also provide employment opportunities to local youths, Jamir talked about the need for Nagas generally to be considerate of the surrounding while taking up developmental projects.
“We talk about development in Nagaland all the time but it lacks convergence at most times,” he said.
“Sokhriezie Park”, which was opened to citizens of Kohima on Friday, is a centrally located lake that sits between Hotel Japfü and Fire Brigade Office, at Kohima. Chairman of Tsiituonuomia Khel, Thepfuvilie Suohu informed that in the days of the yore, the Lake water was salty in nature and rich in iodine and much sought after by the community. Hence, this special salt water was collected and used in cooking for community’s guests and beloved friends in those days, he added.
He further mentioned that Sokhriezie Lake is the only existing lake from among the 7 Lakes that once formed a part of modern Kohima Town. Though it has the potential to be a major tourist spot in the city, it lay waste due to lack of fund and commitment making it an eyesore to passers-by.
Subsequently, T Khel Council decided to fulfill the long cherished dream of the elders and leaders and took up this ambitious restoration project, he said. The project aims to utilize the available space and generate revenue for maintenance of the Lake and its vicinity and this restorative venture will fulfill the much needed requirement for open space in the capital and will also help boost the water level, which is used by the Fire Services during emergencies, he further added.
Vice-Chairman (Planning), T Khel Council, Neibou Sekhose, while giving a brief outline of the project, informed that a foundation stone for construction of Sokhriezie Park was laid by the then Minister for Tourism Vatsu Meru on June 16, 1999. However due to lack of fund the project could not be taken up, he said.
Subsequently, in 2017 T Khel Council decided to fulfill the long cherished dream of the elders and leaders and took up this ambitious restoration project, he added.
He further recounted that while the project was scheduled to be inaugurated in March, 2020 during Sekrenyi, it had to be delayed again due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, we are privileged to have RD Minister Metsubo Jamir to inaugurate it. Jamir was also the brain behind for the restoration of this project while he was serving as Director of RD, Sekhose added.
Sharing an outline of the vision behind the project, Sekhose said they aim to utilize the available space and generate revenue for maintenance of the Lake and its vicinity.
This restorative venture will fulfill the much needed requirement for open space in the capital and will also help boost the water level which can be used by the Fire Services, he said.
Sekhose also highlighted that the Park has various components such as: Distillation of the lake, Reinforcement of the Lake bed and walls, Construction of proper drainage system and Storm water drains, Construction of theme-park-view-bridge, Parking facilities, Eateries, Toilet, Services area, Office Block, Rest shed, Development of pathways, Construction of rain water reservoir, Landscaping, Sewerage system and Caretakers’ room.
Sekhose also informed that the funding for Sokhriezie Park has been sourced from people’s contribution in the form of materials and free labour, VDB funds from the RD Department, under GIA, MGNREGA, SPMRM (Convergence), along with a special fund from RD Department.
The total expenditure incurred in the restoration of Sokhriezie Park is Rs. 50 lakh.
Funding on Sokhriezie Market
Sekhose also informed that funding for Sokhrirzie Market was arranged from the monthly collection of old building tenants and contributions in the form of free labour. A total of 135 rooms were constructed and the total expenditure incurred is Rs. 2.50 cr.
He also mentioned that Sokhriezie Market Phase- II is in the pipeline and they plan to construct 235 rooms.
Also, in partnership with the Kohima Smart City Development Ltd, there is a plan to construct 135 rooms with 100 plus vehicle parking lot under the Sokhriezie Market Phase-III.
The Vice-Chairman also said that 10 local youths will be appointed for the security of the tenants and customers.
In order to keep the market clean and environment-friendly, 2 waste disposal vehicles with 8 sanitary personnel has been made available, he said.
He also mentioned that the Market Management Committee has provided commercial opportunity to 223 local youths.
(Page News Service)