Langlong Minor Irrigation Project dedicated to villagers
View of the Langlong Minor Irrigation Project which was launched and formally handed over by parliamentary secretary Y. Patton to the farmers at Zutovi Village Dimapur on August 3. (DIPR Photo)
DIMAPUR, AUGUST 4 (MExN): One of the bigger minor irrigation projects in the State – Langlong MI Project - was dedicated to the people of Zutovi village and surrounding villages falling under Dimapur-III and Ghaspani -I assembly seats, on Friday (August 3).
The MI project was handed over to the people of the area by Nagaland parliamentary secretary for Irrigation & Flood Control and Geology & Mining, Y Patton, at a function held the project site in presence of advisor, Sericulture & Co-operation, Azheto Zhimomi, MLA, chairman, Nagaland State Mineral Development Co-operation (NSMDC), Kipili Sangtam, government and I&FC officials and villagers.
Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 8 crore, the Langlong MIP covers a vast potential command area of cultivation covering 11 villages, five villages on the left bank and six on the right of Langlong river, a major tributary of the Dhansiri river.
The headwork (diversion weir) is located a kilometre away from Zutovi village.
Initially, the Langlong MIP scheme was included under accelerated irrigation benefit programme (AIBP) during 2006-07 as Langlong Phase I under the flagship Bharat Nirman Programmes at an approved outlay of Rs. 557.78 lakhs for construction of RCC diversion along with regulatory structures and channel works.
However, in order to cover more command area, Langlong –II was proposed and included under AIBP during 2007-08 at an approved outlay of Rs. 293.91 lakhs, which envisaged extension of channel works, protection walls and culverts.
Parliamentary secretary for I&FC, Y Patton, in his address reiterated DAN government’s commitment to development under the “dynamic leadership” of chief minister Neiphiu Rio. Urging the people to extend full support to DAN government, Patton also expressed gratitude to Zutovi villagers for donating the land free of cost for the project. He said others villagers should also take an example from Zutovi if they want development in their areas.
Guest of honour, Azheto Zhimomi, said Langlong MIP was the first major development initiative in the area. Thanking the government and parliamentary secretary for I&FC for the project, Azheto also urged for additional Rs.2-3 crores (for extension of channel works and others) so that more villages can be covered under the MI project.
Chairman NSMDC, Kipili Sangtam, said that NPF-led DAN government was a “farmers and youth government.”
Chief engineer, I&FC, Er. T Yanger presented a technical report of the project and said that with completion of the project, “assured irrigation facility will be available and multiple cropping can be made possible to the farmers with optimum utilization of land for cultivation and thereby improving their economy.” Village elders and representatives of the area also spoke on the occasion.
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