Kohima to get ropeway service; CM Zeliang says ropeway to ease traffic problems in capital city

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Kohima, November 8: Contemplating the feasibility of setting up ropeway service in  the Nagaland Government this time with aide from the French, has taken a bold decision to ease traffic congestion in the state.

According to Media Cell, CMO, modalities are being worked out to ease the infernal problem of traffic jams in the capital town for which the Chief Minister TR Zeliang was said to be seriously viewing alternatives to ease the problem. One alternative is the construction of ropeway with the help of the French government, the press statement informed.“I have met the Ambassador of France earlier this year in June at New Delhi and he has been kind enough to depute his assistant Jean René Cougard and his team to Nagaland the other day. We have discussed with the French delegation possibilities of setting up Ropeways in Kohima,” Zeliang revealed.

Zeliang said modalities were being worked out and if the plan can see the light of day, Kohima would see ropeway service from Ministers’ Hill to PHQ and then on to Old Secretariat area to Bayavu, to High School Junction and then on to New Secretariat.

“Once implemented I am confident many will chose this mode of travel to reach the offices and thereby ease the traffic congestion. This will not only help commuters but will also lend aesthetic beauty to the Capital city,” he said.

Zeliang however went on to add that no concrete agreement has been arrived at as of now, even though the French delegation has agreed in principle to take up the matter if the proposal is found to be viable, news agency The Morung Express reported.

The CMO statement also informed that the department of Municipal Affairs is currently working on this project at the cost of more than Rs 400 crore. And as far the French Government is concerned, the quantum of funds required does not seem to be a problem but what they wanted to know was the feasibility of the proposal, the release added. Besides the ropeway service, some other projects that the French delegation expressed keen interest in were solar power generation, pig breeding (Artificial Insemination) cum slaughter houses and sustainable development.

Another round of talk is scheduled to be held later this month either at New Delhi or here in Nagaland, the press statement from CMO further informed. It may be recalled that during 2011, the State government had announced setting up of an ambitious ropeway service with a project called the ‘Kohima metro cable.’

The project was to be implemented under the initiative of Nagaland State Transport (NST) and cable work was to be carried out by a New Delhi-based company, Leading Edge Adventures and Airparks Pvt Ltd. The then minister for urban development, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu had maintained at that point of time that feasibility studies have been carried out and the company has submitted a proposal to the government. However, the project has not seen the light of day so far.

‘Citizens Have Greater Role to Play’: Meanwhile, Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang issued a clarion call to the citizens of Kohima town for cooperation so that Kohima can be adopted as one of the experimental Smart Cities by the Government of India (GoI).

According to Media Cell, CMO, Zeliang said this during an interaction with a group of government officials at his residence in Dimapur. He maintained that the citizens have as much a role to play, if not greater, as the government to ensure that the GoI selects Kohima as one of the Smart Cities in the first phase.

It may be mentioned that the GoI has decided to select 20 cities throughout the country for the futuristic program of Smart City initiative. Appreciating the decision of Kohima Village Council to extend full cooperation to the government to develop the capital city, Zeliang said people should come forward with such positive attitude.

“The government alone cannot bring all-round development without the whole-hearted support and cooperation of the public,” he added. The chief minister also explained about the plans to install about 200 closed-circuit televisions in Kohima and about 300 CCTVs in Dimapur for which the DGP was working on the proposal.

“We hope to be one step ahead of criminals and with the installation of these CCTVs in strategic locations we can not only track and locate known criminals; we hopefully can even prevent crimes from taking place,” he pointed out. In this regard, Zeliang stressed on the need for building owners to cooperate with law enforcing agencies while the CCTVs are being installed, adding they should not object to the installations since it will be in the interest of ever one.

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