Kohima, April 16: Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland has been experiencing an acute water shortage. At least 80 % of the daily total water requirement not being met.

The commissioning of the Zartli Water Supplies to Kohima town, which can pump up to 3.80 million litres of water per day, the capital still has an 80 % water shortage.

While dedicating a 2 lakh litre tank to harvest rainwater at Gariphema village, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said, “We still don’t have a water supply connection at my bungalow.”

Chief Minister emphasized proper water management to meet rising demands.

One of the major reason we don’t have enough water is poor water management,” he said.

Remembering the old days, Rio said: “We never thought of buying water in the past but water has become a priceless part and a lucrative business for water supply vehicles in recent times.”

We need to tap Dalikou water supplies if Kohima is to have enough water. To meet the needs of growing villages, we need to find good water sources,” he added.

Hotovi Khana, the chief engineer of the water resources department, said Jal Shakti Abhivan Phase-II was launched in 2019 to cover 256 water-stressed districts across the country, including Longleng in Nagaland.

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Encouraged by the campaign’s success, the ministry launched Phase-II, with the theme “Catch the rain, where it falls, when it falls.”

According to him, the campaign will run till November 30, 2021.1