Meet deliberates on inland waterway project

Kohima: A meeting of stakeholders for development of Longmatra-Avankhu stretch of Tizu and Zungki Rivers (National Waterways—101) to facilitate inland water transportation in Nagaland was held in the conference hall of chief secretary at Kohima Monday.

The meeting, presided over by lone Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland, KG Kenye, who is also the chairperson of the Nagaland Inland Waterway Board, was attended by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Nagaland Inland Waterways Board (NIWB), WAPCOS Ltd and all the stakeholders (land owners).

Giving a PowerPoint Presentation regarding the current status of the project along the NW—101, also referred to as Tizu-Zungki Inland waterway project, the consultant of the project WAPCOS Ltd (a Government of India undertaking) highlighted the challenges ahead.

The consultant said the main obstacle in the implementation of the inland waterways project was the proposed Dam of LTHP to be taken up by the power department, which could obstruct the path of the waterways.

However, it was resolved that Waterway project would go ahead. The commissioner & secretary (Power) KD Vizo agreed to stand with the earlier NIWB’s decision of moving back the proposed hydro plant at Longmatra by splitting it into two plants upstream, wherein Tizu will have a 25MW plant and 25MW plant for the Zungki river.

On the concerns over conditions of the roads highlighted by the team, the engineer in-chief of NPWD assured to take necessary actions.

State chief secretary & co-opted chairperson NIWB, Temjen Toy, also shared his concerns for the Ecological consequences. However, IWAI officials assured that no harm will be done to it.

The additional secretary and development commissioner, Sentiyanger, highlighted the prospects of tourism and highly appreciated the team for their visit and initiative.

OSD planning and coordination, Thomas Thailu, gave a brief report on the history of the project and its progress.

Khare, the National Level Technical Expert, presented the Centre’s active support for the NW—101 as a part of the Look and Act East Policy, which would be pursued earnestly.

Kenye, highlighted the larger picture of Economic boom through trade and commerce for the State as well as the whole of North East region as the gateways to South East Asian Countries will be opened up. He requested all stakeholders to extend their unflinching support towards the success of the project and not miss the opportunity.

Minister V Kashiho Sangtam requested the IWAI officials as well as NIWB to take up the project with all sincerity for the development of the region. The minister also assured to extend full support and cooperation.

The main stakeholders and leaders from Kiphire and Phek districts included Joshua Sangtam representing Kiphire and Phor village chief representing the Phek District. They warmly welcomed the team and assured to extend all possible help for the success of the project.

IWAI officials along with WAPCOS Ltd. team would be touring the project sites — Longmatra on November 26 and Laluri/Avangkhu/Wazeho on November 27. All responsible authorities and locals have been requested to extend all possible help to the team to have a successful survey of the project sites.