DIMAPUR, April 9 – After years of neglect, despite its undisputed status as the commercial capital of Nagaland, Dimapur is finally set to undergo a major facelift befitting its rank as the major urban centre. The need to meet ‘the challenges of urbanisation’ daily encountered in this commercial hub was acknowledged today by the newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Urban Development, Zhaleo Rio.
Addressing the monthly Dimapur District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) meeting here today at the DC Conference Hall, Zhaleo revealed that his department is coming up with a master plan to initiate a major facelift of Dimapur.
A DIPR report stated that Zhaleo, who represents 5 Ghaspani II A/C, appealed to the heads of offices and departments in the district to aid the government in its endeavour to deliver the change envisaged.
Parliamentary Secretary for Information Technology, Communication, Science and Technology and the chairman of Dimapur DPDB, Tovihoto Ayemi reminded the department officials that it was a ‘privilege’ for them to be posted in Dimapur. The elected representative from 1 Dimapur I A/C reasoned that they should pay back by way of ‘giving active participation in the developmental process for the benefit of the people.’
Senior legislator from 3 Dimapur III A/C, Tokheho Yepthomi pointed out that the main problem faced by the people in the district were of power shortages and poor roads. With the arrival of lean season, the State is reeling under power shortage due to non-functioning of the state power projects and dependency on other states for state consumption, he said while adding that if the trend continues the public would be greatly affected.
He urged the department concerned to render serious efforts to address the problems and reminded the members that they could not simply blame the government alone. The citizens are also equally responsible to pay our dues for which the government is providing us services, Yepthomi said.