Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Indefinite Wokha bandh enters day-4; DC orders mop-up exercise


The indefinite bandh called by various civil society organisations (CSOs) of Wokha district entered its fourth day on Sunday. On Saturday, the CSOs intensified the bandh by locking the offices of deputy commissioner (DC) office and SDO (NH) Wokha, besides imposing a ban on movement of commercial vehicles.

Meanwhile, following a meeting of the apex tribal bodies and Joint Action Committee (JAC) on February 10, it was decided to relax opening of commercial establishments on alternate days (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) from 8 am to 2 pm with effect from February 13.
Vehicles carrying essential commodities have been asked to obtain vehicle permits/pass from the Wokha District Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WDCC&I).

Educational institutions asked to remain shut: Lotha Students’ Union (LSU) has called for closure of all educational institutions– “nursery to degree level” within Wokha district, with exceptions granted only to those appearing High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) and Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examinations, as well as teachers with examination-related duties.

In a letter to All Nagaland Private Schools Association, LSU said that the request has been made keeping in mind the safety and security of students, teachers and officials and also since normal vehicular movement has been disrupted in view of the NH-2 bandh.
Mop up exercise today: In a notice issued on Sunday, the Wokha DC has informed residents of a scheduled mop-up exercise to be carried out from 7 am on Monday, aimed at removing unauthorised structures within the compensated land along NH-61 (NH-2), from 72.400 to 83.000 km.

In this regard, the DC Wokha has asked the officials concerned from PWD (NH) Kohima Division executive engineer (EE), PHED Wokha EE, EE Power department Power Wokha and three representatives each from Lotha Hoho and JAC– to be present during the mop-up exercise.
Travel Advisory: In view of the ongoing indefinite bandh, the All Commercial Vehicle Association (ACVA) Wokha District has advised all its counterparts to avoid plying along the Wokha district roads.

The association, during it emergency meeting held on February 11, also reaffirmed its earlier stands to extend full co-operation and support to Lotha Hoho and the JAC. It further warned of action against any member found violating the bandh guidelines or norms.


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