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TRANSPORT MINISTER APPARAISES ON STATUS OF KOHIMA AIRPORT/MAINTAINANCE OF ROADS ETC DISCUSSED

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Replying to the starred question put up by Yitachu, MLA regarding the status of the State Capital Kohima Airport, Minister Transport, Civil Aviation and Railways, P. Paiwang Konyak said that in line with the AAI policy of “Purchase and Transfer”, the State Government has already purchased a suitable land for the proposed airport measuring an area of 1013.72 acres and is ready to be transferred to the AAI for the construction of the proposed Greenfield Airport at Ciethu for the State Capital, Kohima. He further mentioned that the construction work shall start after getting approval from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, GoI and subsequent sanctioning of the requisite fund for the project by Union Cabinet.

Minister, PWD (Housing & Mechanical), Tongpang Ozukum, replying to the starred question by Kuzholuzo, MLA regarding the status of the Mini Secretariat Complex at Phek District said that the construction of the Mini Secretariat Complex is being undertaken at Pfutsero ADC Hq. in Phek district and 95 per cent of the work has been completed and is expected to be fully completed by October/November 2022.

Replying to a starred question on the status of the Mini Secretariat Complex construction at Phek District, Minister Tongpang Ozükum said the construction was 95% completed and the payment made was Rs. 4 crore and Rs 76 Lakh was yet to be released. He added that the construction would be completed by October or November 2022.

On the issue of the nomenclature raised by Imkong L. Imchen, MLA, Minister Tongpang replied that the Department was taking up the issue of renaming "Mini Secretariat Complex". Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio said the concept of the mini secretariat was to bring all the departments together instead of functioning like separate entities. He suggested renaming the Complex as "DC Office Complex". The concept was also brought up to improve the attendance of district government officials, and better security coordination.

Regarding the funds sanctioned for maintenance of roads for Mokokchung town, Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio said Rs. 1.07 crore was sanctioned and the maintenance work would start as soon as working season starts.

On the question of ILP registration and renewal, Deputy Chief Minister replied that the total number of ILP Registration (Fresh) issued in all the authorised offices w.e.f 1st January 2022 till date was 11,718. Out of which, 6173 are tourist ILPs (both domestic and foreign) issued by Commissioner’s Office Kohima. The total number of ILP renewals w.e.f 1st January 2022 till 16th September 2022 was 15,851. He added that the Commissioner Nagaland, Deputy Commissioners, ADCs, the Nagaland Houses at New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Shillong are authorised to issue offline/online ILP for the various categories. 

MLA, Azo Nienu shared his concern of the menace of Bangladeshi immigrants who are buying lands in their local spouses' names and taking over the businesses.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio while reminding the procedure of indigenous inhabitant registration in Nagaland said the Village Chairman has the authority to determine the native inhabitant subject to verification by the district administration, however, the misuse of the authority is liable to punishment. He stressed on streamlining of the registration procedure and cautioned against the harassment of Indian citizens working in Nagaland.

On total number of approved industrial estates, sawmill and timber units, MLA and Leader NPF Legislature Party, Kuzholuzo Nienu enquired on the total number of industrial estates approved by High powered Committee that exist in Nagaland, particularly in Phek District, to which Minister of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Y. M. Yollow, replied that the total number of industrial estates approved is seventeen (17). Also, there is no HPC approved industrial estate in Phek District.

On funds sanctioned for maintenance of Chizami town road, MLA Kezhienyi Khalo inquired on whether the maintenance funds have been awarded to Chizami Town and if so, the amount to be mentioned against each road. CM replied that the funds have been awarded and for the year 2020-2021 the amount was 10 lakhs for road from old British road to Chizami old town and 5 lakhs from Chizami-Khomi road upto Bridge point.

On being asked on details of the road project for Lephori to Molhe 26 kms by MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu, Chief Minister replied that the work order amount is Rupees Thirty Crores, the date of commencement of works was 12.12.2011 and completion of works was on 08.01.2014 and the name of the contractor: M\S Rhino Construction, NPW/CI-/236.

 

                                                                                    (Atuzo, Takumpula & Morotsung)