State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, has directed the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) to ensure that both lanes of Dimapur and Kohima four-lane road were operational before the commencement of the Hornbill Festival.
According to DIPR, Rio gave this directive through video conferencing from New Delhi during a meeting with all line departments/sectoral departments held in the Secretariat Conference Hall, Kohima on October 18, 2023. The meeting was convened by chief minister to discuss the status of preparation and road map for celebration of the Hornbill Festival, 2023.
Rio expressed disappointment over the non-completion of the four-lane road between Dimapur and Kohima by NHIDCL even after seven years. Further, the chief minister called upon the department of road & bridges to expedite the repair and maintenance of roads in and around Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. He urged all departments to gear up for the State’s most significant upcoming event. Rio emphasized the importance of upgrading infrastructure, sanitation, and beautification of the Heritage Village.
Rio stressed that quality and content of the festival should not be compromised, as the Hornbill Festival serves as a platform to showcase the very best of Nagaland to a national and global audience.
Asserting that the Hornbill Celebration has become a globally recognized brand, the chief minister urged all departments and agencies to ensure that the festival’s 24th edition was organized in a grand manner. He emphasized the promotion of local food and beverages to showcase the unique Naga traditions and culture to the world during the festival.
The chief minister also stressed the importance of social media coverage of the Hornbill Festival, emphasizing the need to reflect on Nagaland and its people. He encouraged the participation of more people in the World War II vintage car rally with full uniforms and showcasing their vintage cars to the public and visitors.
In addition to those events, the chief minister highlighted activities such as wrestling competitions, music festivals, and traditional stone-pulling ceremonies to be held at various venues as part of the Hornbill Festival.
Minister of Tourism & Higher Education, Temjen Imna Along, informed that the departments are ready and fully prepared to host the Hornbill Festival 2023. He said that three consultative meetings with line departments and stakeholders have already taken place to review the state of preparedness.
State chief secretary J. Alam, encouraged participation of all the tribes in this common festival of the entire state. He expressed gratitude for the cooperation of AHoDs and HoDs and urged all departments to commence their activities and be well-prepared.
Advisor to the chief minister and chairman of IDAN, Abu Metha, and commissioner & secretary of tourism, Kitto Zhimomi, discussed various issues related to the ongoing preparations for Hornbill Festival 2023.