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Kronu releases book on ‘Geospatial water resource map of Nagaland’

By Our Correspondent Updated: Aug 21, 2020 11:54 pm
Neiba Kronu along with the advisors and department officials during the book release on Friday.

Our Correspondent
Kohima, Aug. 21 (EMN):
The Minister for Planning and Coordination, Land Revenue, Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu, on Friday released a two-volume report of the project “Geospatial water resource map of Nagaland” at the Nagaland GIS and Remote Sensing Centre, Kohima.

The project was funded under North Eastern Council (NEC), conducting a detailed survey on the water resource potential in Nagaland including preparation of a report on potential of the river undertaken by the Nagaland GIS and Remote Sensing Centre under the Planning and Coordination department.

The two-volume report prepared for the project “demonstrate the application of space technology and use of remote sensing and GIS techniques in the implementation of the project, which was stated to have been carried out with thorough research and intensive field survey with special emphasis on surface water resource management and development of Hydro-Electric Power (HEP) generation potential for the state of Nagaland”.

he minister released the report in the presence of advisor of National Highways, Treasuries and Account, Dr. Longrineken, and the advisor of Water Resources, Namri Nchang, and other officials from Planning department and state GIS and Remote Sensing Centre.

Addressing the programme, Kronu congratulated the officers and staff of the State GIS and Remote Sensing Centre for successful completion of the project and encouraged the Centre to take up more such programmes in the future by taking advantage of the technology and meeting the challenges faced by the state.

The minister also highlighted that the Centre, besides doing study and research, also provides training to other states officials. He stated that the report would help in the development of hydro-electric power, irrigation and drinking water availability as well as for monitoring of water quality and quantity in the state.

Further, Kronu also asserted that the state line departments such as Water Resource, Power, New and Renewable Energy, Land Resources, PHED and Disaster Management etc. would be greatly benefited from the report as it would provide them the tools to plan with more precision and accuracy for development and also attracts central and foreign direct investments.

Traffic congestion affects productivity

Kronu has expressed concern that traffic congestion in urban areas, especially in Kohima and Dimapur, are adversely affecting the economic productivity and quality of life.

He stated traffic congestion has resulted in late arrival for office goers, meetings, examination centres and emergency vehicles transporting sick persons to reach hospital in time.

He stated that the Nagaland GIS and Remote Sensing Centre had conducted a study and came out with an approach to ease the traffic conditions in the two cities.

He has also stressed on the requirement of infrastructures such as construction of flyovers, bridges, multi-purpose parking lot, by-pass and arterial (ring) roads for easing the traffic congestion in Kohima and Dimapur.

The project director of GIS and Remote Sensing Centre, Mhathung Kithan, while highlighting on the survey findings pertaining to the root cause for traffic congestion in Kohima and Dimapur, stated that intersection is the major cause of traffic congestion in Kohima.

He added that random parking of taxis in various places as well as indiscipline driving are contributing to traffic congestions. To ease the problem, Kithan has suggested one-way traffic at identified routes, construction of ring, construction of multi-parking at various locations at the state capital and single-lane flyover at main junctions like PR Hill Junction and High School junction.

While for Dimapur, he suggested the need for bridges at various locations to ease the traffic congestion.

Also speaking at the function, the additional development commissioner of Planning and Coordination department, Nosazol Charles stated that the total estimated cost of the study project was INR 135 lakh with the funding pattern of 90:10. He informed that the North Eastern Council share was INR 121.50 lakh while the state share was INR 13.50 lakh.

Senior analyst of GIS and principal investigator of the project, Dr. Chubawati presented a brief overview and technicalities of the project.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Aug 21, 2020 11:54:16 pm