KOHIMA: An interdepartmental coordination meeting was organised at the Mini Conference Hall of the Nagaland Police Headquarters in Kohima. This meeting was organised to ensure road safety during the upcoming Hornbill Festival.
Director General of Nagaland Police, Rupin Sharma attended this meeting alongside the Transport Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners of Dimapur, Chumoukedima and Kohima, along with the senior police of these districts attended this meeting. Senior officials of other departments also attended this event, taking the total number of participants to fourteen.
The senior officials of the administration and police discussed several topics including topics pertaining to road safety making sure that any accidents or mishaps were avoided in light of the approaching holiday season. These include the upcoming Statehood Day celebration and the Hornbill Festival 2023. It also included topics related to improvement in interdepartmental coordination.
The ADGP (L&O), Sandeep M. Tamgadge, presided over the meeting. As a special invitee to the meeting was D. Keretsü, a member of the National Road Safety Council, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India.
Previously, the Chief Secretary J Alam has expressed concerns about the subpar road conditions on the Kohima to Kisama village route, a major passage for festival attendees. He has called on the Public Works Department (PWD) to expedite road repairs, emphasizing the pivotal role of a well-maintained road in shaping the state's image. Alam also stressed the importance of collaboration among all departments to actively support local entrepreneurs participating in the festival. He underlined that each department's active involvement and organization of engaging activities were vital to attracting more tourists to the event.
Furthermore, the Chief Secretary emphasized the use of biodegradable products at the Hornbill Festival and the strict enforcement of the plastic ban during the event. He announced plans for a forthcoming review meeting and urged all departments to submit their proposed activities for further discussion. The Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, situated approximately 12 km from the state capital, Kohima. The festival is scheduled to commence on December 1.