“The long cherished dream of the people has turned into reality”- TR Zeliang, Chief Minister, Nagaland.
The up-gradation of Jalukie SDO (Civil) HQ to ADC HQ today marked the fulfilment of a long cherished dream of the people of Jalukie in particular and Peren District in general. Chief Minister, TR Zeliang who graced the program as Chief Guest at GHSS Public Ground, Jalukie stated that ‘Jalukie Valley has achieved a mile stone and that the long cherished dream has turned into reality.’
Maintaining that this achievement would usher in a new era of growth and prosperity for Jalukie, the fastest growing Township in Nagaland with tremendous increase in population, the Chief Minister said that ‘the up-gradation was done for strengthening the administrative system and is most deserving.’
‘Because of its strategic location, population expansion has taken place and likewise human requirements have also increased,’ he said.
Jalukie Town is a thriving Town and with its ideal geographical location and close proximity with the commercial hubs like Dimapur and the State Capital Kohima, Jalukie Town has immense potential for future growth especially with the availability of vast tracts of fertile land. On this line, Zeliang maintained that ‘the area can become one of the richest areas in Nagaland in the near future, if the people of Jalukie can utilize their land judiciously through hard work.’
‘A time may come when we will not only produce surplus agro-products and live-stocks for self-sustenance but for supply to outside,’ he added.
Jalukie Town was set up in the year 1966 in the land donated by Old Jalukie Village which was under Peren sub-division then. On 17thJuly, 1991, Jalukie EAC HQ was upgraded to that of SDO (Civil), which was graced by Vamuzo, the then Chief Minister of Nagaland. TR Zeliang was also an MLA in Vamuzo’s Ministry representing 6 Tening A/C at the time.
The successful establishment of Veterinary College at Jalukie is a major development besides the recently inaugurated 33 KV power station, which will be further upgraded to 66 KV, he said. While making mention of the Commissioning of 2x75KW Nnoiroi Hydro Electric Project at Punglwa today and the 20 Mega Watt Solar Power Plant at Jalukie which is in the offing, the Chief Minister stated that MoU and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) have already been signed and that the project would take off very soon.
“This will be power added energy for Peren District and the State,’ he said.
Highlighting some major road projects in the State which would be touching parts of Peren District, the Chief Minister cited the case of:
1.Maram-Peren-Dimapur Road via Jalukie which has been declared as NH 129 A. The foundation stone for this project was laid by Shri. Nitin GaDkari, Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping on 3rd Nov. 2015.
2.Maibang-Tamenlong Road via Peren-Tening-Tamei for which Survey &DPR preparation is underway.
3.Foothill Road (Nagaland Express Highway) starting from Tizit to Khelma which will cover the entire lenthg of the State will pass through Jalukie.
While lauding Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for earmarking Rs 90,000 Crores for development of roads in the NE which the Prime Minister had announced some days back in Meghalaya, the Chief Minister confided that Nagaland would also get a substantial amount from these funds.
‘In the last 5 decades, no Prime Minister of India has done this and this is a first of its kind,’ he said.
Citing past instances where major projects were stalled because of problems created by landowners, he stated that ‘development cannot take place unless people are willing to create a congenial atmosphere.’
‘I appeal to all the people, especially the landowners to cooperate with the implementing Agency in the interest of the general public,’ he added.
On exploration of natural resources, he said that Jalukie and its adjoining areas according to Geological Survey of India had huge oil deposits. ‘This has the potential of giving a lift to our economy and needs to be explored for economic development,’ the Chief Minister said.
‘Through this we can build-up our economy and open up job opportunities for our youth’, he added.
Other dignitaries who spoke on the occasion included Kejong Chang, Minister for Horticulture, DB and GB; Kuzholuzo Neinu, Minister for Home and P.Longon, Minister for Geology Mining & Border Affairs.
Media Cell, CMO Nagaland