Chümoukedima residents resent excavation at Chathe
Dimapur, Feb. 21 (EMN): Two organisations representing the residents of Chümoukedima have sought the intervention of the deputy commissioner of Dimapur in stopping riverbed excavation activities along the banks of Chathe River, located north of Chümoukedima.
The president of Naga Tribal Union Chümoukedima Town (NTUCT) and the head GB of Chümoukedima Town issued a joint statement on Thursday stating that Chathe, running along the highway, has been left muddy and dirty from the “riverbed excavation of boulders/stone by employing heavy excavators and six to 10 wheelers tipper trucks 24×7 beginning Khanakhurü (Jharnapani) area up to the bridge of Sirhima (Kuki) village and beyond.”
Due to the above mentioned activities, it stated, the small amount of water now flowing in this particular river—which is also the only lifeline of several thousand people—is too dirty which is, at the same time, poisonous and dangerous for consumption.
The two organisations have urged the deputy commissioner ‘to please issue a strong directive to the subordinate officer of the area to immediately take necessary, corrective measures before the issue is blown out of proportion.’
No to sale of liquor
In a separate statement, the chairman of Chümoukedima village, head GB, president of NTUCT, chairman of 7th Mile Model village, and the chairman of Chümoukedima A village have asserted their collective decision to control the sale of “illegal IMFL, local brewed alcohol, banned drugs and any other anti-social evils.”
A press release from the organisations on Thursday informed that the decision was taken during a joint meeting held on Feb. 19.